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Massachusetts, the model for
Obamacare, has highest health
costs in the United States
Washington Examiner (DC), by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 10:15:18 AM     Post Reply
On Oct. 30, as President Obama was under fire for the botched rollout of his signature health care law, he visited Boston´s Faneuil Hall. It was in that hall in 2006 that then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with a smiling Ted Kennedy by his side, signed a sweeping health care overhaul into law that would eventually become the model for Obamacare. As with Obamacare, the Massachusetts program (also known as Romneycare), expanded Medicaid, mandated that individuals purchase government-approved coverage, and provided subsidies to individuals to purchase government-designed insurance plans on a government-run exchange. In his October remarks, Obama used the Massachusetts

The Temple Mount, Dismounted
American Thinker, by Janet Tassel    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/29/2013 10:15:02 AM     Post Reply
In June 1967, Israeli paratroopers entered Jerusalem´s Old City after Israel´s miraculous victory in the Six-Day War. The Old City had been under Jordanian control for nineteen years, an era of wanton destruction of synagogues and of ethnic cleansing of all Jews from the Old City. The paratroopers made their prayerful way to the Temple Mount, the holiest piece of ground in all Judaism, site of the First and Second Great Temples and, by tradition, the ark itself. Three paratroopers climbed to the top of the Dome of The Rock (built atop the former Second Temple) and unfurled the Israeli

10 Wishes for the New Year
Baltimore Sun [MD], by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 9:59:16 AM     Post Reply
1.) Our Libertarian and tea party friends would stop nominating candidates who screw up winnable races. Recall Nevada (Sen. Harry Reid in 2010), Delaware (Sen. Mike Castle in 2010), and last month´s race in Virginia (more below). All probable GOP pick-ups. All lost opportunities due to primary challenge or third party candidacy. A factoid from Virginia: The petitions that helped the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate get on the ballot (and draw votes from Republican Ken Cuccinelli) were paid for by an Obama campaign bundler. 2.) "Merry Christmas" would make a holiday comeback. Enough of "Happy Holidays." The founders never used the phrase



Obama´s presidency beset by
fits, starts in year 5
Associated Press, by Nancy Benac & Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 9:48:29 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— It was a moment for Barack Obama to savor. His second inaugural address over, Obama paused as he strode from the podium last January, turning back for one last glance across the expanse of the National Mall, where a supportive throng stood in the winter chill to witness the launch of his new term. "I want to take a look, one more time," Obama said quietly. "I´m not going to see this again." There was so much Obama could not — or did not — see then, as he opened his second term with a confident call to arms

Israel Integrates Ethnic Groups
American Thinker, by Michael Curtis    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/29/2013 9:15:57 AM     Post Reply
These are the times, as Thomas Paine might have said, that try the minds of the ignorant members of the American Studies Association who, in calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions, shrink from the service of academic freedom. Fortunately, these are also the times of glorious triumph as was shown with the arrival at Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv, on December 26, 2013 of 38 members of Bnei Menashe (BM) from the Indian state of Mizoram. This group joins the more than 2,000 other members of Bnei Menashe who came from India and are already living in Israel. The BM

Fire exchanged on
Israel-Lebanon border
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 8:21:48 AM     Post Reply
Israel has shelled Lebanon after two rockets landed in northern Israel, its military says. Israel´s army said its tanks fired three artillery shells into southern Lebanon targeting the area from where the Katyusha-style rockets were fired. The rockets landed in a field west of Kyriat Shmona, causing no casualties or damage, said Israeli army radio. Border tensions increased two weeks ago when Israel shot two Lebanese troops after an Israeli soldier was killed. There has been sporadic cross-border violence since 2006, when Israel and the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah fought a month-long war. But Hezbollah, which has been pre-occupied by the conflict in Syria,

Duck, Duck: A&E Fails
to Kill Its Own Golden Goose
and Some Parrots Get Caught
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/29/2013 8:18:42 AM     Post Reply
So, the kerfuffle instigated by GLAAD (another counterfactual acronym in the pantheon of American interest groups) and carried out by cable network A&E is over. A&E capitulated to the force of public opinion. GLAAD is furious: "Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists," the organization said in a statement. "If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people -- especially its employees and viewers."



Man, 20, ´bashed boss´s
wife and daughter to death
with cement block because
he got fired´, police say.
Daily Mail Online, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: bugger- 12/29/2013 8:07:00 AM     Post Reply
A 20-year-old allegedly went to the Indianapolis home of his former boss during the middle of the day and murdered the man´s wife and daughter after getting fired from his job, court documents claim. Christian Rene Haley was identified on Thursday as the suspect in the gruesome murder of Marylyn Erb, 52, and Kelley Erb, 23, on Friday December 20 at their house in Westfield.

Suicide bomber kills at least 13 in Russia
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/29/2013 8:03:37 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — At least 13 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February’s Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.The National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the explosion at the central railway station in the city of Volgograd was set off by a suicide bomber. Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the nation’s top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said that at least 13 people died in the blast. Russia’s Health Ministry said about 50 people were injured. No one immediately claimed responsibility for

Benghazi attack organized by
local militia leader, not Al Qaeda: report
New York Daily News, by Stephen Rex Brown    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/29/2013 7:28:56 AM     Post Reply
President Obama ´s administration initially cited local outrage over the film ´Innocence of Muslims,´ which mocks the Prophet Muhammad, as the motivation for the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The latest New York Times report supports that version of events. RELATED STORIES As Obama dithers, North Africa unravels Two juries possible in Al Qaeda embassy bombing trial, judge says Just where he belongs Obama’s Syria mess The deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last year was not orchestrated by Al Qaeda but rather by a local

No evidence Al Qaeda or terror groups
had any involvement in Benghazi
consulate attack, report claims
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 7:25:35 AM     Post Reply
A New York Times investigation has found no evidence to support claims al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organization had links to the 2012 storming of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The six-part report published Saturday instead blamed the poorly-planned attack on local extremists outraged by an American-made video mocking Islam. The Times refutes claims made by many Republicans that al-Qaeda was involved in the attack despite Obama administration assertions to the contrary. ‘Extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other



Benghazi US mission attack:
´No direct al-Qaeda role´
BBC (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/29/2013 7:22:41 AM     Post Reply
Al-Qaeda had no direct involvement in the September 2012 attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, according to a New York Times investigation. The US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed when gunmen stormed the compound and set it on fire. Some US Republicans accuse the Obama administration of failing to admit the involvement of terrorist groups. But the New York Times (NYT) says a local Islamist militia leader was key. The paper bases its report on months of interviews with local residents who have extensive knowledge of the events of 11 September 2012 and American officials linked to

Three hundred pregnant foreigners stopped at
just one airport after attempting to get into
Britain to give birth for free on the NHS
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 7:12:37 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of pregnant foreigners are flying to Britain just days before they give birth so that they can receive free healthcare courtesy of the NHS, a report has found. The women are duping airlines--who normally forbid expectant mothers more than 36 weeks pregnant to fly--so they can receive the free service. Expectant mothers trick airlines in their home countries into letting them fly by showing staff forged doctors notes which conceal the length of their pregnancies. Most of the women who arrive at NHS hospitals then have to be admitted and allowed to give birth, the report found, because their

Britain’s public services
cannot be open to all
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 7:02:13 AM     Post Reply
The UK must reform its welfare system to make it less easy for foreigners to exploit while the NHS needs to levy and collect payments to end ´health tourism.´ An ICM/Sunday Telegraph poll today confirms that the vast majority of Britons are concerned about the ending of restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian immigration on January 1. In fact, the concern is nearly universal. Some 72 percent of all those surveyed were against lifting the restrictions--even if it means flouting EU law. Importantly, the respondents were not against immigration in principle or welcoming Romanians or Bulgarians to Britain in particular. A

DNC sends email defending Obama
from impeachment possibility
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 12/29/2013 6:28:50 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct. The DNC email discussed



Will UPS Christmas botch
make Obamacare critics shut up?
Los Angeles Times, by Michael Hiltzik    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/29/2013 5:57:32 AM     Post Reply
In a just world, all the people who have piled on to the federal government for blowing the launch of healthcare.gov would take a look at the UPS Christmas Day screwup and swallow hard. But it´s not a just world, so the lesson of how the nation´s leading parcel delivery service got blindsided by an excess of Internet traffic surely will be ignored. Alec MacGillis of The New Republic reminds us of all the finger-wagging by private sector triumphalists to the effect that, unlike the government´s health insurance enrollment system, commercial websites and services wouldn´t have been brought down by a

Red, blue states move in opposite
directions in a new era of single-party control
Washington Post, by Dan Balz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 5:51:54 AM     Post Reply
Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. One is grounded in principles of lean and limited government and on traditional values; the other is built on a belief in the essential role of government and on tenets of cultural liberalism. These opposing visions have been a staple of national elections, and in a divided Washington, this polarization has resulted in gridlock and dysfunction. But today, three-quarters of the states — more than at any time in recent memory — are controlled by either Republicans

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.


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

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