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Ouch: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers
Fall Two Million Short of Goal
Townhall.com, by Sarah Jean Seman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/29/2013 5:28:27 PM     Post Reply
White House officials announced Sunday that Obamacare enrollment has reached more than 1.1 million, this falls more than 2 million sign-ups short of their 2013 goal.As reported by TIME: The federal health care marketplace saw only 27,000 people sign up in October and 137,000 in November. Though surpassing the million mark is a positive sign for President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform, the administration had hoped that more 3.3 million Americans would sign up for insurance through federal and state exchanges by year’s end. White House officials have yet to release data on the 14 states managing their own exchanges. Figures

Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going
Anywhere, More Likely to Win
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2013 5:06:40 PM     Post Reply
A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to "win in the end" in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials. "Tea Party forces will still win in the end," Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party "will triumph just by hanging on long enough" as Americans are getting fed up by "our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government." The article, "Why The Tea Party Isn´t Going Anywhere," was

Video: Mike Ditka Falls Asleep During
ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 4:42:18 PM     Post Reply
In Mike Ditka’s defense, acting as a spokesman for hundreds of products both locally and nationally has to be taxing. As such, good ole Ditka appeared to fall asleep on the set of ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ this morning. After a report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the network cut back to the Bristol set where Keyshawn Johnson had to wake a sleeping Ditka. Check out the video here.

  


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House Intel Chairman on NYT´s
Benghazi Report: ´That Story Is
Just Not Accurate´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 4:31:10 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times on Sunday published a highly controversial report claiming the September 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, did not involve al Qaeda, and was as the Administration originally stated a spontaneous demonstration in response to an American-made anti-Islamic video. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) completely refuted the article saying, "[T]hat story is just not accurate" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Before we get to the NSA, "The New York Times" has an extensive investigation this morning into the Benghazi attack on its front page. It

The New York Times´ Revisionist
Account of Benghazi
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/29/2013 4:22:09 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times is out with a revisionist account of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. The Times says that in months of investigating, it “turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.” The Times also claims that the attack “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.” I suspect that the Times story tells us more about Hillary Clinton’s assessment of the threat Benghazi poses to her likely 2016 run for president than it does about what happened

Shopping for Spy Gear:
Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox
Der Spiegel [Germany], by Jacob Appelbaum*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/29/2013 4:19:48 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to modern firewalls for corporate computer networks, the world´s second largest network equipment manufacturer doesn´t skimp on praising its own work. According to Juniper Networks´ online PR copy, the company´s products are "ideal" for protecting large companies and computing centers from unwanted access from outside. They claim the performance of the company´s special computers is "unmatched" and their firewalls are the "best-in-class." Despite these assurances, though, there is one attacker none of these products can fend off -- the United States´ National Security Agency. Specialists at the intelligence organization succeeded years ago in penetrating the company´s digital firewalls.

A GOP “dam ready to
break” in West Virginia
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/29/2013 4:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Democrats in West Virginia have pretty much taken their two Senate seats for granted for a long time now. (And with good reason, since the last time the GOP held those spots, Ike was still president.) They’ve also had a fair bit of success in hanging on to at least some of their three congressional seats in the modern era. This stands in contrast to a seemingly constant ideological shift to the right among voters, demonstrated by the fact that no Democrat presidential candidate has carried the state since Bill Clinton. This shift may be setting the stage for some

  


  

Justice Sotomayor to drop ball, not gavel,
on 2014 Times Square countdown
Reuters, by Elizabeth Dilts    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 4:11:57 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will take center stage among about 1 million revelers in New York´s Times Square to usher in 2014 by pressing the button to lower the iconic countdown ball, organizers said on Sunday. New York native Sotomayor will join pop star Lady Gaga, boxing great Muhammad Ali as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton among those who have had the honor of starting the ball drop, which organizers said will be watched by an estimated 1 billion people around the world. Sotomayor was chosen for her achievements and rise from humble beginnings in the Bronx to

Global Warming Expedition to Prove Antarctic
Ice is Melting Trapped by Ice
Frontpage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 3:49:31 PM     Post Reply
And it’s an ice so thick that icebreakers have been forced to turn back. Here is how Chris Tuney,a self-proclaimed, “Scientist, explorer and Writer” and a Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales, described the “Australasian Antarctic Expedition”. The Australasian sector is dominated by the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, the largest of three ice sheets that contains enough freshwater to raise the world’s sea level by some 52 metres. Until recently it was thought this ice sheet was stable, sitting on the continental crust above today’s sea level. However there

Cruz in legal process to renounce
Canadian citizenship
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 3:42:22 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz has hired lawyers to help him get rid of his Canadian citizenship, the Republican from Texas told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published online Saturday night. "I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship," he said, adding he expects the process to be completed in 2014. His office also confirmed the decision to CNN. Cruz has said in the past he planned to renounce his citizenship, but his latest remarks represent concrete steps he´s taking to actively do so. The first-term senator has said before that he wasn´t aware he was still legally tied

A&E to LGBT Group: ´Duck Dynasty´ Family
´Open´ to Dialogue with Gays, Blacks
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: athina- 12/29/2013 3:31:20 PM     Post Reply
After A&E reinstated Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on Friday, the Human Rights Campaign, which promotes gay rights, said the network gave them assurances that the Robertson family would be open to having a dialogue with blacks and the LGBT community. The group revealed they asked A&E for such meetings after it suspended Robertson for making what were deemed to be anti-gay comments in a GQ magazine interview. Fred Sainz, a Human Rights Campaign representative, told CNN that the group wanted to "thank A&E for their attentiveness and collaboration over the course of the last few weeks"

  


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2013 Man of the Year: Jay Leno
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 2:32:38 PM     Post Reply
The most inoffensive, milquetoast king of late night comedy has emerged as a hero willing to speak truth to power. Jay Leno is on his way out as the host of “The Late Show” on NBC. He’s leaving with both guns blazing, and they are aimed squarely at the most powerful institutions in the United States: television executives and President Barack Obama. Leno’s monologues, long derided by fellow comics as the “Wal-Mart” of stand-up, took a sharp turn in March when rumors began circulating that he would be replaced by Fever Pitch star Jimmy Fallon. “It’s so bad, ‘The Biggest

Most vulnerable retirees struggling to survive
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 2:30:22 PM     Post Reply
It isn´t the retirement George Warren dreamed of. Confined to a wheelchair and living on disability payments after losing his job, Warren, 63, figures he would be homeless in old age if not for a senior housing program offered by Catholic Charities of Maryland. "I had plans, but life had other plans for me," he says. Warren worked for decades, starting with a "sophisticated lemonade stand" he opened with friends at age 9. He paid into Social Security as he meandered through a half-dozen jobs in telecommunications and networking. But he lost his last job in what he calls an age-related

GOP congressman blasts NY
Times Benghazi claims as ‘misleading’
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 2:26:40 PM     Post Reply
A top congressional Republican is saying a new report that concludes Al Qaeda did not carry out the 2012 attack on the U.S diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is “misleading.” The new report published Saturday in the New York Times concludes that there was no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012, and that it appeared that the attack was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made anti-Islamic video, as the Obama administration first claimed. New York Rep. Peter King, member and

South Sudan: White Army ´abandons
war march´ on Bor town
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 2:15:22 PM     Post Reply
Thousands of South Sudanese youths--loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar--have abandoned their march on the strategic town of Bor, officials say. South Sudan´s information minister said community leaders had persuaded most of the "White Army" fighters to go home. A UN surveillance flight earlier located the group 50 km north-east of Bor, but did not reveal its size. At least 1,000 people have died in this month´s fighting. More than 121,600 are believed to have fled their homes. Tens of thousands of civilians have sought refuge in UN camps, and reinforcements have been arriving to give them extra protection.

  


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´Phil Robertson made me feel
unsafe in my own home´: Gay
Louisiana student writes powerful
anonymous letter to Duck Dynasty
star in wake of homophobic comments
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig and Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/29/2013 1:56:03 PM     Post Reply
A closeted gay student living in West Monroe, Louisiana has written a powerful essay, criticizing the town´s most famous residents - Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Robertson made headlines after issuing homophobic comments in a GQ article, at one point comparing gay sex to bestiality, which got him put on suspension by the A&E network. But the network announced yesterday that they would be reinstating Robertson to the show, who so far has remained unapologetic about the comments. (Snip) ´He encouraged - hopefully unintentionally - a two-week-long "f** bashing" in Monroe and around the world. He made me feel unsafe in

Do Atheists Exist?
National Review, by Nicholas Frankovich    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/29/2013 1:46:26 PM     Post Reply
For people who like church except for the parts about God, a British couple have bodied forth a new denomination that cheerfully excludes him, raising the volume on the question “What is atheism?” several decibels overnight. The Sunday Assembly, a “godless congregation” founded in East London last January by standup comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, now boasts affiliates in Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Canberra, Melbourne, New York, and Portland, Ore. On September 21, it announced a “global missionary tour”: This past fall, interested individuals in 22 cities across the Anglosphere held Sunday Assembly meet-ups. Look for permanent congregations to be

Eye on ´16: NYTimes
begins Hillary rehabilitation
TruthRevolt, by Rip Curl    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/29/2013 1:10:02 PM     Post Reply
Right on schedule, the New York Times has published a 7,500-word account of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that all but ignores Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s role and quotes a terrorist saying a supposedly anti-Islam video insulting the Prophet Muhammad "might well have justified" the killing of four Americans. With their hero, President Obama, flagging badly and in jeopardy of becoming a lame duck even before the mid-term congressional elections, the piece states that "months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and

Why I am no longer
much of an atheist
American Thinker, by David Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/29/2013 12:05:31 PM     Post Reply
I used to be an agnostic-atheist. Now atheists make me want to be religious. I hate their disrespect for others´ beliefs. It makes me want to embrace the Lord. But I don´t. Because it´s not in my genetics. At the same time, hating religion is not in my DNA, either. But hating the disrespectful is instinctual for me. That´s why I hate atheists who want to do away with Christmas. And I´m not even Christian. Atheists are doing themselves a disservice. They are alienating their own breed. I am moving out of the stable of doubt. I am embracing religions that I

Marine Vet Slams Paul Ryan´s
´Outrageous Attitude´ Toward
Military Pension Cuts
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/29/2013 11:32:56 AM     Post Reply
Two days after President Barack Obama signed a budget compromise that slashed pension benefits for military veterans, retired Marine Jessie Jane Duff blasted Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for his "outrageous attitude" toward the sacrifices those in the armed forces have made. Appearing on Fox & Friends on Saturday, Jessie Jane Duff, who is at the E7 level, said Ryan, who brokered the deal with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WI), does not realize that many active duty military personnel go back to civilian life "broke" and "without a job" and have difficulty getting on equal footing with their "civilian counterparts." She noted

  



Republicans Are Overwhelmed
By A Sea of Democratic Cash
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 11:26:14 AM     Post Reply
The Minneapolis Star Tribune investigates independent political spending over the last few election cycles. The results are stark, but won’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention: A Star Tribune analysis of ­campaign finance records found that just three dozen individuals or entities have contributed more than $27 million to political action and independent expenditure committees over the past three election cycles. The analysis shows those donations heavily favored Democrats. Unless that trend is reversed, Republicans could find themselves at a disadvantage heading into the 2014 elections…. No kidding. One union — the powerful ­Education Minnesota teachers union — poured

Sen. Ted Cruz Expresses No
Regret Over Role in Government
Shutdown; Talks Coloring Book
ABC News, by Benjamin Bell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 11:10:29 AM     Post Reply
In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl for “This Week,” firebrand conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R – Tx., expressed no regrets over his role in this fall’s government shutdown, placing the blame for the 16-day closure squarely on the shoulders of Democratic leaders. “I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown,” the freshman senator said when asked if pushing the strategy linking funding the government to the funding of Obamacare was a mistake, When reminded by Karl that even Republican House Speaker John Boehner took conservative groups to task

Issa stands by claims of al Qaeda-
affiliation in Benghazi attacks
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 11:07:49 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Darrell Issa on Sunday stood by claims that a group affiliated with the terrorist organization al Qaeda was involved in the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. "It was accurate," Issa said on NBC´s Meet the Press. "There was a group that was involved that claims an affiliation with al Qaeda." The comments by Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and one of the most outspoken critics of the White House´s handling of the attack, came after an investigative New York Times report concluded that the raid was conducted by local

The 300 ´maternity tourists´
Telegraph [UK], by Andrew Gilligan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 10:51:35 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of pregnant foreigners are flying to Britain just days before they give birth to receive free care on the NHS. A government report found that immigration officials at one airport stopped more than 300 such mothers-to-be over two years. Most of the women had to be admitted and allowed to give birth on the NHS, the report found, because their pregnancies were too advanced for them to fly home. Airlines typically do not carry women more than 36 weeks pregnant. However, the women boarded flights in their home countries with forged doctors’ notes concealing the length of their pregnancies.

“Deliver us from Evil”
best prayer for 2014
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/29/2013 10:47:03 AM     Post Reply
The best news from this year’s Obama Hawaiian vacation is that the Obama family did not bother to go to church on Christmas Day. The fact that Barack ignored church service on the day the world celebrates the Birthday of Jesus should come as good news to Christians because it’s a sure sign that whatever Obama is rooted in, it is not the Almighty. According to yesterday’s New York Times headline: ‘As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible’. Worship of the Almighty is written off as “rituals of faith” by the NYT. Leave it to the NYT to come up

Call girl tell-all: Eliot Spitzer
liked to choke me, was into ´struggle´
New York Post, by Laura Italiano    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/29/2013 10:45:32 AM     Post Reply
He socked it to her. Eliot Spitzer lusted after violence, a former hooker says in a new tell-all book — revealing in graphic detail how the love gov pinned her to a bed inside a posh, Murray Hill apartment and then gripped her by the neck until she feared for her safety. The violence was scripted by Spitzer, who wanted his hooker to follow a role-play dialogue in which she would pretend she had just taken a self-defense class. The kinky politician would then pretend to test her skills by announcing, “Well, then, let’s see if you learned anything,”

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