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´Completely false´: Sources on ground
in Benghazi challenge NYT report
Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 6:22:22 AM     Post Reply
Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press. But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks. “It was

Silence of the Lambs: GOP
establishment remained neutral
On Duck Dynasty controversy
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/30/2013 6:10:11 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Sen.Ted Cruz (R-TX) emphatically defended Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the moment he was suspended by A&E for supposedly anti-gay remarks. The suspension provoked a relentless outpouring of support online, which pressured A&E to reinstate Robertson on Friday. Palin, Jindal, and Cruz´s support was in contrast to the silence of the Republican establishment, its leadership, and the Republican National Committee. The latter focused instead on Kwanzaa and promoting amnesty, which the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of working class Americans, many of whom make up the

The ‘Racism’ Wrecking Ball
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/30/2013 5:13:07 AM     Post Reply
Would America be better off if the Outrage Industry went on a diet for New Year’s? We just spent much of December quacking and arguing way too much about the views of Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the Duck Dynasty reality-TV series. Most of the attention focused on Robertson’s harsh, mean-spirited comments about gays and on the subsequent, short-lived decision of the cable network A&E to suspend him. But people saved plenty of ire for his comments, offered in an interview with GQ magazine, that when he grew up in Louisiana in the 1950s he never saw “the mistreatment

  


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Okay, This Optical Illusion Will Have
You Questioning Your Own Mind
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/30/2013 5:11:16 AM     Post Reply
A new viral video showing an “amazing T-Rex illusion” has gone viral, achieving nearly 3.5-million YouTube views in the days since it was posted. Try as you might to avoid it, the video will mess with your mind. According to Slate, the “key to this whole thing is the way your brain sees perspective.” “Your brain wants to interpret the dragon as a face, and faces are convex: The sides of the face curve away from you (when you look at someone’s face, their nose is closer to you than their ears). But the dragon’s head is actually concave; the sides of

Greenpeace Loon: I Was Forced to
Live on Bread & Water Because Russian
Prison Did Not Serve Vegetarian
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 5:06:42 AM     Post Reply
Oh waah! Greenpeace loon Antony Perrett complained he was forced to liv on bread and water because the Russians would not serve him vegetarian meals in prison. The Daily Mail reported: A Greenpeace campaigner claims he was forced to live on bread and water while being held in a Russian prison because it didn’t offer a vegetarian alternative. Antony Perrett arrived home yesterday after spending two months in prisons in Murmansk and St Petersburg for trying to hang a climate change banner on an oil rig. The former town councillor is one a group of environmental activists known as the Arctic 30 who were being

Obama’s Tedious Act
Grown Old and Stale
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 5:01:43 AM     Post Reply
A new Gallup poll finds President Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent and his disapproval rating at 54 percent. But it’s not just that the public is increasingly displeased with the job Mr. Obama is doing; they are growing weary of the whole packaged deal. They are frustrated with the president, his style, his attitude, his approach to the job. The Boston Herald reports: President Obama’s tanking approval rating in newly released polls shows Americans are tired of his whining, according to some experts, who also see a fighting chance for Republicans to rack up coast-to-coast victories in the 2014 midterm congressional

NFL Black Monday: Two
Bad Years and You´re Fired
Wall Street Journal, by Michael Salfino    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:59:47 AM     Post Reply
As Black Monday arrives in the NFL—the day immediately after the season that failed teams clean house—here´s a sobering thought for coaches everywhere: Two years of failure in this league is too much. Recent history shows that missing the playoffs two straight years is now cause for dismissal. Since 2004, the 70 coaches who were replaced for any reason have averaged just 1.88 straight non-playoff seasons at the time of the change, according to Stats, LLC. After the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the 17 replaced coaches averaged exactly two. Each season, about six new teams make the playoffs. And every season

  


  

Obamacare fears grow in new year
Boston Herald, by Kimberly Atkins    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:54:55 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Forget Obamacare website woes and disappointing early enrollment figures. Those problems are so 2013. The New Year will bring a set of new and far more potentially perilous obstacles for President Obama’s signature health care law. These looming problems could not only doom the troubled law if no solution is found, but they also will hover over 2014 midterm candidates as Democrats scramble to hold onto their Senate majority amid polls that show Obamacare to be their biggest problem. The surprise tax hit. Most people know that the health care law provides subsidies for qualifying individuals to help offset the

Edward Snowden´s attorney says
NSA leaker wants to come home
Washington Examiner [DC], by Sean Lingell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:51:04 AM     Post Reply
An attorney for Edward Snowden said the exiled National Security Agency leaker wants to return to the United States — but not if the move would result in a life behind bars. "Sure he would come back to the United States. He hopes to come back to the United States," Ben Wizner, Snowden´s legal adviser and director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, told NBC´s "Meet the Press" Sunday. "If there´s one thing that we all should agree on is that Edward Snowden shouldn´t be in Russia," he said. Snowden, who fled the U.S. earlier this year after leaking classified information

The NSA Intercepts Laptops
Purchased Online to Install Malware
Atlantic, by Connor Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:45:10 AM     Post Reply
According to a new report from Der Spiegel on the National Security Agency´s top team of hackers, the agency intercept electronics purchased online before delivery to install malware and other spying tools. The NSA´s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division is responsible for the biggest hacks we´ve learned about in the last year, so Der Spiegel´s report is a special look at the methods and madness behind the NSA´s all-star team. When a world leader´s cell phone is hacked by the NSA, the TAO team is responsible. They´re the hackers who can access anyone, anywhere, under any condition. TAO hackers can track your

The New York Times Whitewashes Benghazi
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:42:06 AM     Post Reply
David D. Kirkpatrick of the New York Times has published a lengthy account of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. While much in Kirkpatrick’s report is not new, the piece is receiving a considerable amount of attention because of this sweeping conclusion: “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 its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.” But how much effort did Kirkpatrick expend to uncover any

  


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Stephen King and That
Awful Muttering Voice
American Spectator, by Eve Tushnet    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:39:45 AM     Post Reply
What do you do when you’re in a Stephen King novel, but you’re not a Stephen King character anymore? Or rather: What do you do when you’re Stephen King, but you’re not a Stephen King character anymore? King has been knocking out horror stories since 1974’s Carrie; in 40 years he’s turned out 50 novels, three apiece in the bumper-crop years of 1983 (Christine, Pet Sematary, Cycle of the Werewolf) and 1987 (The Eyes of the Dragon, Misery, The Tommyknockers). He’s played around with a pseudonym, written up-all-night doorstoppers and unforgettable slim parables, and become perhaps the most obsessively filmed novelist

Praying for hostage
Warren Weinstein’s freedom
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:37:06 AM     Post Reply
Add Warren Weinstein’s name to the list of Americans languishing in the hands of our enemies after being taken captive while working in a dangerous place in the service of the US government. The 72-year-old Weinstein was a consultant for the US Agency for International Development in Pakistan when terrorists broke into his home in 2011 and dragged him away. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has since claimed to be holding him. Weinstein made news in a just-released video in which he pleads for President Obama to help. It’s not the first time he’s made a video pleading for negotiations.

Russia: Bus Explosion
Caused by Suicide Bomber
Associated Press, by Vladimir Isachenkov    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:33:17 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW -- Russia´s main investigative agency says a Volgograd bus explosion was caused by a suicide bomber and officials raised the death toll to 14. The bombing comes a day after 17 people died in a railway station bombing also blamed on a suicide bomber. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in a statement that Monday´s explosion on an electric bus involved a similar bomb, proving a link between the two attacks. Public health officials said that at least 14 people were killed in explosion during morning rush hour. No one has claimed responsibility for either bombing, but they came a few months after

Crashing and Burning in 2013
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:29:05 AM     Post Reply
Recent polls suggest Barack Obama has become a turn-off. Why? In part, all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldn’t annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years? But in Obama’s case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to “you can keep your plan, period.” One, Obama blames everything bad on everyone else, and takes credit for a few good things that he had nothing

  


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It´s time for wind power
to stand or fall on its own
The Week, by Josiah Neeley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:25:47 AM     Post Reply
F ederal subsidies for wind energy are set to expire at the end of the year. Again. Since 1992, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) has offered generous federal subsidies to wind generators. Under the policy, wind generators are eligible for 2.3 cents in taxpayer subsidies for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of wind electricity generated. That´s nearly a third of the total retail price of electricity for industrial customers. Federal subsidies for wind are so lavish, that generators in places like west Texas (where wind is plentiful) have been known to bid electricity onto the grid at negative prices, just so it can collect

As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas,
Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible
New York Times, by Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:21:41 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU — President Obama celebrated a low-key Christmas in Hawaii this year. He sang carols, opened presents with his family, and visited a nearby military base to wish the troops “Mele Kalikimaka” — the Hawaiian phrase meaning “Merry Christmas.” But the one thing the president and his family did not do — something they have rarely done since he entered the White House — was attend Christmas church services. “He has not gone to church hardly at all, as president,” said Gary Scott Smith, the author of “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush,” adding that

Ted Cruz says he’s hired lawyers
to renounce Canadian citizenship
Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:19:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The junior senator from Texas is still a Canadian. But he’s working on it, eh? Born in Alberta 43 years ago last Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz was unaware of his dual nationality until The Dallas Morning News explored the issue in August. Since then, he said in a recent interview, “I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship.” He expects to complete the process in 2014. That time frame jibes with predictions from Canadian legal experts. He doesn’t dispute holding dual citizenship. “Not at this point,” he said. When Cruz was born, his

Kerry reportedly says he will
consider freeing Jonathan Pollard
as part of prisoner swap
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:08:26 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East in the first week of the new year amid a flurry of reports in the Israeli press that he has said he would consider freeing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Israel´s Channel 10 TV station first reported Friday that Kerry offered to free Pollard as part of an exchange for the release of a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails as peace talks resume between the two sides. The third of four groups is scheduled to be released Monday, the Jerusalem Post reported. Pollard, a former U.S. intelligence

2016 Campaign Checklist:
They´ve All Been So Busy
Associated Press, by Calvin Woodward    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:02:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is well underway. Not in name, so much, but rather in the deeds of more than a dozen people who might run. They´ve been busy plugging holes in resumes, getting known on TV, networking with activists and party luminaries, taking early steps to build campaign organizations and much more. Most are methodically ticking off items on what could be called the presidential prep checklist, and they´ve picked up that pace since The Associated Press last took a broad look at who´s doing what to advance their high ambitions. The main players: For the Democrats,

  



Trolley bus blast in Volgograd
kills at least 10 in terrorist attack
RT [Moscow, Russia], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2013 2:43:16 AM     Post Reply
A terrorist attack in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 10 passengers on a trolley bus. The explosion comes a day after a suicide bombing in the city which killed 17 people and injured scores of others. Health officials reported 10 fatalities in Monday morning’s blast and 28 injured, including 22 being treated in hospital, according to the latest update. The Investigative Committee gives the casualty numbers as 10 people killed and 19 injured. A one-year-old baby is among the injured and remains in a serious condition. The explosion was apparently set off by a suicide bomber, spokesman for the

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Literally
Can’t Believe What Ted Cruz is
Telling Him About Being Above Politics
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 2:03:15 AM     Post Reply
As part of This Week With George Stephanopoulos’ year-end review of 2013 “Game Changers,” ABC White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl sat down with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at Tortilla Coast, the now-infamous D.C. restaurant where Cruz held one of his meetings amidst the government shutdown, and was quite visibly taken aback when Cruz told him that he was trying to stay out of the political fray. “This is a city where it’s all politics, all the time,” Cruz said, “and I’m trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics.” “Really?” Karl asked, incredulous. “I know that’s

Help Wanted: Principled, Conservative Leaders
Town Hall, by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 12:35:28 AM     Post Reply
Polls show that three out of four Americans say the nation is on the wrong track. Disapproval ratings of our president are lodged above fifty percent. Clearly, whatever was generating the glow that got the most left-wing president in American history elected twice is starting to fade. Despite the considerable human experience from around the world that socialism does not work, and the considerable experience in our own country that human freedom and capitalism does work, many Americans bought the left-wing sweet talk and sugar-coated promises from Barack Obama that this time things would be different. As Obamacare socialism implodes, as every conservative

Hagel, Ryan defend retiree COLA caps,
except for disabled
Stars and Stripes, by Tom Philpott    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 12:05:03 AM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, appear to be in sync in defending the controversial cap that Congress has imposed on cost-of-living adjustments for “working age” military retirees starting in January 2016.{SNIP}Even as Murray moved to distance herself from the COLA cap provision in the deal she negotiated, Ryan defended it. He called current retirement benefits generous and said most retirees to be impacted by the COLA caps will be working in second careers anyway.

Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalists
arrested in Cairo
British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 11:36:52 PM     Post Reply
Egyptian police have arrested three journalists working for the Al-Jazeera broadcaster in the capital Cairo. They include the TV network´s Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and former BBC correspondent Peter Greste. The Interior Ministry said the journalists had held illegal meetings with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The movement was declared a terrorist organisation last week. Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the army in July. The military-backed interim government launched a crackdown on the movement following Mr Morsi´s removal from power. Thousands of Brotherhood members, including its leadership, have been arrested and many put on trial.

Obama’s DOJ civil rights nominee
represented cop killer
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 11:13:28 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division led the group that represents convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Debo Adegbile, who awaits Senate confirmation to become assistant attorney general for civil rights in Eric Holder’s DOJ, would bring a radical record on racial issues to his new job, which is responsible for enforcing federal discrimination statues. Currently senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Adegbile worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), a civil rights law firm independent of the NAACP, from 2001 to May 2013. He served as director of litigation under

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