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Gunmen open fire with assault rifle
at German ambassador´s home in
Greece with as more Greeks blame
the country for their economic woes
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/30/2013 7:56:01 AM     Post Reply
Attackers wielding assault rifles have opened fire on the German ambassador´s residence in Athens. At least four shots hit the metal gate of the high-security residence in the busy northern suburb of Halandri. Sixty spent bullet cases have been collected so far, but no one was hurt in the early morning attack. Anti-German sentiment has grown during Greece´s continuing economic crisis, and many of those struggling with record unemployment and plummeting living standards blame the country´s hard line on fiscal rigour. Germany is the biggest single contributing nation to Greece´s 240-billion euro bailouts which have kept the country afloat since 2010 and saved

State Dept. whistleblower
has email hacked, deleted
New York Post, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/30/2013 7:46:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned. The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed. “They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.” “Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s

‘Duck Dynasty´ debacle
bails out bored media
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/30/2013 7:22:30 AM     Post Reply
Silly season reigns during the holidays.Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie tied in a presidential poll? Wow, that might be meaningful if…the primaries weren’t two years away.Jon Gosselin hates his ex Kate and boasts of pulling a gun on a paparazzo? Zzzz.Anderson Cooper talking about his mother and…sex? (Never mind, you can Google it.) Phil Robertson returning to “Duck Dynasty”…whoa! Talk about a Christmas gift for the media. From the start, there has been something about this story that hit all the hot buttons. It’s been a brief plunge back into the culture wars that feels a bit out of place



Yes, There IS Evidence Linking
al Qaeda to Benghazi
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/30/2013 7:20:52 AM     Post Reply
On Sunday, The New York Times published an investigation that concluded al Qaeda played no role in the September 11, 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi. For Democrats, this was welcome news considering the bruising investigations into the attack from Republicans in Congress. The piece was trumpeted by the progressive non-profit, Media Matters in a blast email as “bad news for Benghazi Hoaxers.” But two members of the House intelligence committee, Republican Mike Rogers and Democrat Adam Schiff, told Fox News on Sunday that U.S. intelligence assessments concluded al Qaeda did play a role in the attack. While no Republicans

Al Jazeera Names Al Jazeera As
Potential Savior of American Journalism?
Mediaite, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/30/2013 7:18:49 AM     Post Reply
In a year-end review of the media highs and lows of 2013, Al Jazeera America slipped in a contender for most exciting new news source: Al Jazeera America. Asking “Can news be saved?,” Victor Balta, AJAM’s planning editor, seemed to think that a host of new media players at the very least “offered hope.” First and foremost among them Al Jazeera itself, an odd bit of self-promotion particularly for a piece on saving journalism. He placed the Qatari news network’s jump into the American market alongside other major new media figures who would likely be mentioned in any story on the future

Schumacher Remains in
Medically Induced Coma
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/30/2013 7:17:15 AM     Post Reply
GRENOBLE, France — Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused Monday to offer a prognosis for the former Formula One driver, saying they were monitoring his critical head injury “hour by hour” following his skiing accident. Chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen said that the seven-time champion is still in a medically induced coma. He said the medical team was focusing only on his current condition. “We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” Payen said. “It’s too soon to talk about.” Schumacher, 44, who is the most successful driver in Formula One history, arrived at the Grenoble University Hospital Center a day earlier

As Sasha and Malia Obama become young
women, a father laments time slipping by
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Krissah Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/30/2013 7:15:27 AM     Post Reply
KAILUA, Hawaii — When they vacationed here just before President Obama’s first inauguration, Malia and Sasha were little girls doting on their dad — holding his hand on the beach, taking in a dolphin show and nuzzling up to him at the shave-ice shop. Now, five Christmases later, the presidential daughters are both nearly as tall as their very tall mother, each developing her own style and leading an increasingly independent life. Although they have watched a basketball game, gone for a hike and hit the beach with their dad, he has spent most afternoons here on the golf course



Roughed Up by an Orca?
There’s a Code for That
New York Times, by Andrew Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/30/2013 7:13:21 AM     Post Reply
Know someone who drowned from jumping off burning water skis? Well, there’s a new medical billing code for that. Been injured in a spacecraft? There’s a new code for that, too. Roughed up by an Orca whale? It’s on the list. Next fall, a transformation is coming to the arcane world of medical billing. Overnight, virtually the entire health care system — Medicare, Medicaid, private insurers, hospitals, doctors and various middlemen — will switch to a new set of computerized codes used for determining what ailments patients have and how much they and their insurers should pay for a specific

Bus blast kills 14 in Russia in deadly blast
just one day after suicide bomber killed at
least 17 in same city
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/30/2013 7:04:51 AM     Post Reply
A bomb blast ripped a trolleybus apart in Volgograd on Monday, killing 14 people in the second deadly attack in the southern city in two days and raising fears of further violence as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics.The morning rush-hour bombing, which left mangled bodies in the street, underscored Russia´s vulnerability to militant attacks less than six weeks before the Sochi 2014 Games, a prestige project for President Vladimir Putin. Sunday´s blast came less than 24 hours after a suicide bomb blast killed at least 17 people in the main railway station in the same city, a major transport

New York Times Contradicts
Own Reporting on Benghazi
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 6:34:59 AM     Post Reply
Either New York Times writer David Kirkpatrick is ignoring his own colleagues’ work, or the Hillary Clinton supporters are laying out early foundations to combat what will be the biggest criticism of her tenure as Secretary of State if she decides to run for the Oval Office. The New York Times´ assertion that Al Qaeda’s involvement in the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi is particularly questionable considering the preponderance of evidence that shows otherwise. In his piece, Kirkpatrick writes, ”But the Republican arguments appear to conflate purely local extremist organizations like Ansar al-Shariah with

Left is getting desperate
over Pajama Boy
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/30/2013 6:30:57 AM     Post Reply
The palpable embarrassment of the Left over Obamacare has led to an odd and disturbing reaction. Following the creation of the now-infamous Pajama Boy tweet from Barackobama.com (aka Obama for America, aka Organizing for Action), embodying so much that is wrong with Obamacare and socialism in general - the infantilization of adults, the smirking know-it-all attitude of the nanny state, and the inappropriate intrusions in our private lives - conservatives erupted with a wave of hilarious mockery. The resulting sting obviously has psychologically wounded the Left. How else to explain this from the Foward: "Obamacare ´Pyjama Boy´ Controversy Wrapped in Anti-Semitism."



´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

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

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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