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La Jolla Cove stench:
The collapse of common sense
U-T San Diego, by Editorial Board    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/30/2013 5:30:04 PM     Post Reply
Of all the advances achieved by the Roman Empire before its collapse in the fifth century, one of the most unprecedented was the infrastructure to ensure the efficient removal of animal and human waste from urban areas. Incredibly enough, some 1,600 years later, a city that is home to some of the most advanced scientific research on Earth finds itself unable to deal with disgusting conditions triggered by waste from seals, sea lions, pelicans, seagulls and other birds. That is the proper context with which to see the maddening saga of the stench emanating from the rocky areas and cliffs at La

FW SB Catholic Diocese
gets relief from
contraception mandate
WNDU-TV [South Bend, Indiana], by Mark Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: hoosier observer- 12/30/2013 5:26:37 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge in South Bend has provided some last minute relief to a host of Catholic entities across northern Indiana. A preliminary injunction blocks enforcement of the so-called “contraceptive mandate” in the federal government’s Affordable Care Act. As a result, the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne now has what the University of Notre Dame was denied: Court ordered protection for employees from the contraception mandate due to take effect January 1st.

Zero-tolerance stupidity at school
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/30/2013 5:25:50 PM     Post Reply
Last week, the Wall Street Journal´s Alison Gopnikreported on research from professors Jacqueline Wooley at the University of Texas and Paul Harris at Harvard that showed a surprising degree of sophistication among preschool kids. Apparently, though they spend a lot of time in fantasy pursuits, they´re actually quite good at distinguishing fantasy from reality: Children understand the difference. (Snip) On reading that, my first thought was that these kids are actually a lot better at distinguishing between fantasy and reality than the teachers and administrators in the schools that they attend.

  


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Networks Miss ´Climate Change´ Irony of
Ship Stuck in 10 Feet of Antarctic Ice
Newsbusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 5:23:54 PM     Post Reply
A Russian research vessel has been stuck in thick ice in the Antarctic since Christmas morning, and predictably the big three networks are enjoying the novelty of such an event. However, despite the obvious news story, ABC, CBS and NBC have all missed one great irony in their reporting. On Monday December 30, all three networks covered the story, but only CBS even used the words “climate change” when discussing the trapped ship. All three failed to point out the irony that this event is an embarrassment for those pushing the liberal “climate change” narrative. The network’s decision to ignore the irony

Global warming scientists forced to
admit defeat... because of too much
ice: Stranded Antarctic ship´s crew
will be rescued by helicopter
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Mia De Graaf and Hayley O´keeffe    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 5:20:47 PM     Post Reply
They went in search evidence of the world’s melting ice caps, but instead a team of climate scientists have been forced to abandon their mission … because the Antarctic ice is thicker than usual at this time of year. The scientists have been stuck aboard the stricken MV Akademik Schokalskiy since Christmas Day, with repeated sea rescue attempts being abandoned as icebreaking ships failed to reach them. Now that effort has been ditched, with experts admitting the ice is just too thick. Instead the crew have built an icy helipad, with plans afoot to rescue the 74-strong team by helicopter. The expedition is

MSNBC: Harris-Perry And Panel
Ridicule Mitt Romney´s Black Grandson
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/30/2013 5:19:45 PM     Post Reply
In a nauseating display of mean-spirited ignorance, MSNBC´s Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel of five ridiculed Mitt Romney´s black grandchild as something "that´s not like the others." The MSNBC segment was a look back at 2013, and for some reason a Romney family photo that shows former Massachusetts governor with a grandchild on each knee was cherry-picked for mockery. The only apparent reason for the ridicule was purely based on the race of Kieran Romney, the governor´s adopted grandchild who happens to be black.

Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC
Panel Mocks Mitt Romney’s
Black Grandson
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 5:15:34 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, the eponymous host led a panel of entertainers in a rundown of the “photos of the year,” which somehow included a Romney family picture that “a lot of people had emotions about,” according to MHP. The setup seemed to leave room for unlimited comic potential, but the panel immediately honed in on the race of Kieran Romney, adopted grandson of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is black. The baby, not Mitt. “Everybody loves a baby picture,” Harris-Perry said, “and this was one that really, a lot of people had emotions about this baby

  


  

Workers at auto dealership come face to
face with Obamacare trade-offs
NBCNews, by Lisa Myers    Original Article
Posted By: Jakester2344- 12/30/2013 4:43:34 PM     Post Reply
The 41 employees of Extreme Dodge in Jackson, Mich., are very familiar with trade-ins, but this year they’re learning about trade-offs as they come face to face with the new realities of health care. A few workers say they’re getting a great deal, but most have a severe case of sticker shock. “I feel like I’ve been taken to the cleaners,” said Neal Campbell, a salesman. The news was presented at the company’s annual benefits meeting earlier this month, when employees were told that the health insurance plan that the auto dealership had provided its workers was canceled because it doesn’t comply

Michelle Obama tweets support
to Robin Roberts: ´I am so happy
for you and Amber!´
New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 4:38:29 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama congratulated "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts and her newly acknowledged girlfriend, Amber Laign, as Roberts marks her remarkable recovery after a bone marrow transplant. "I am so happy for you and Amber!" the first lady tweeted Monday, while the first family spends the holidays in Hawaii. "You continue to make us all proud," Obama added, signing the tweet "mo" to indicate she authored the message and not her staff. (Tweet) The host of the ABC News morning show revealed her lesbian relationship as she expressed her heartfelt thanks to her longtime partner in a Facebook post on

NFL says officials erred on
KC´s missed field goal
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/30/2013 4:37:03 PM     Post Reply
The NFL says referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with four seconds left in regulation on Sunday. Succop was wide right on the kick, and the Chargers went on to win 27-24 in overtime to claim the AFC´s final playoff spot. The NFL says in a statement released Monday that had the penalty been assessed by referee Bill Leavy´s crew and the ball moved up 5 yards, it would have allowed the Chiefs to attempt a 36-yard field

Tim Tebow joins ESPN
ESPN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/30/2013 4:29:25 PM     Post Reply
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear deal to join ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, it was announced Monday. "I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," Tebow said in a statement. (Snip) Tebow´s primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, a traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week. The show will debut at the Texas A&M-South Carolina game in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 28, 2014. The former Florida Gators quarterback will also contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms, including SportsCenter, ESPN

  


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Scientists Create Glow-in-the-Dark Pigs
Just in Time For Your Next Rave
TIME, by Kelly Coniff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/30/2013 4:21:55 PM     Post Reply
Before you break out your favorite EDM song, just consider this: these glow-in-the-dark pigs were created in the name of science. In an effort to further study human genetic disorders, scientists in Southern China injected pig embryos with fluorescent jellyfish DNA; when these 10 piglets are put under a black light, they emanate an eerie green glow. This successful integration of genetic material into the animal’s natural make-up, made possible through a technique developed by reproductive scientists at the University of Hawai`i, could be instrumental in creating more cost-efficient and effective treatments for disorders like hemophilia. “[For] patients who suffer

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Not
Approved For U.S. Sales
KWTX.com [Waco, TX], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/30/2013 4:19:38 PM     Post Reply
PARIS (December 30, 2013) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified drug maker Genzyme that its new drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis is not ready for approval for the American market. The FDA told the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, which is the parent of Genzyme, that the companies had not submitted sufficient evidence to show the benefits of Lemtrada. The European Medicines Agency approved the drug for use in the EU earlier this year. Sanofi wants to market Lemtrada as a treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis. It is eager to bring new drugs to the market at a time when it

´Stuck in our own experiment´:
Leader of trapped team
insists polar ice is melting
Fox News, by Paul Tilsley    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/30/2013 4:17:04 PM     Post Reply
The leader of a scientific expedition whose ship remains stranded in Antarctic ice says the team, which set out to prove climate change, is "stuck in our own experiment." But Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales, said it was “silly” to suggest he and 73 others aboard the MV Akademic Shokalskiy were trapped in ice they’d sought to prove had melted. He remained adamant that sea ice is melting, even as the boat remained trapped in frozen seas. "We´re stuck in our own experiment," the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement.

Mike Lee, a Tea Party rebel with
an establishment pedigree
Washington Examiner, by David Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/30/2013 4:01:15 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mike Lee is an unlikely outsider. The Utah Republican burst onto the political scene in 2010 as a Tea Party stalwart, ousting three-term Sen. Bob Bennett in a primary. But prior to that campaign -- Lee´s first for elected office -- he rose through the ranks of Utah´s GOP establishment at least partly on the coattails of his family´s deep political connections.

  


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Liberals Win Only If We
Refuse To Fight Back
Townhall, by Kurt Schlichter    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 3:43:18 PM     Post Reply
In 2014, let’s resolve to preserve some semblance of freedom in our culture and respond to the next blitzkriegs by the progressive fascists with an unequivocal “Go to hell.” Demanding that Americans hide their religious beliefs. Banning dissenting views on the climate change scam. Slandering people with charges of the kind of racism pioneered and perfected by the Democrat party. Those are just some highlights of the concerted campaign by the goose-stepping freaks of the left to silence us, to shut us down and leave the culture open to their domination. But the organized left is only a small cadre of sociopaths

Politico editor: Article claiming conflict
of interest ´totally unfair´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 3:16:28 PM     Post Reply
Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris, in an interview with Howard Kurtz on Fox News´ "Media Buzz," claimed a recent article that accused Politico´s Mike Allen of writing favorable items about advertisers was "totally unfair." Harris said Sunday the suggestion that Allen´s newsletter "Playbook" was compromised was "not supported" and "horribly, horribly unfair." He was referring to a Washington Post article last month that suggested Allen´s newsletter was giving favorable coverage to groups, like the Chamber of Commerce, that advertise with him. Harris acknowledged that the newsletter, as it grew in readership, did attract sponsors, but said: "In tone, in substance, in

Rep. Peter King: NYT Article on Benghazi
Is ´Entirely Misleading,´ Al Qaeda ,
Was Definitely Behind Attacks
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/30/2013 2:52:48 PM     Post Reply
A recent New York Times article is drawing fire for claiming that there is no evidence of al Qaeda being behind the attacks on Benghazi in September 2012, but rather the terrorist group Ansar al-Shariah."I think it´s entirely misleading," commented Representative Peter King (R-New York) on today´s edition of America´s Newsroom. "The fact is that Ansar al-Shariah is affiliated with Al Qaeda," stated King, who finds the New York Times inaccurate for describing them as completely separate groups. "To say that it was an affiliate rather than Al Qaeda itself means absolutely nothing." The reporter who penned the article, however, suggested

One-third of Americans reject
evolution, poll shows
Reuters, by Chris Francescani    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/30/2013 2:47:48 PM     Post Reply
One-third of Americans reject the idea of evolution and Republicans have grown more skeptical about it, according to a poll released on Monday. Sixty percent of Americans say that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," the telephone survey by the Pew Research Center´s Religion and Public Life Project showed. But 33 percent reject the idea of evolution, saying that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time," Pew said in a statement. Although this percentage remained steady since 2009, the last time Pew asked the question, there was a

Breitbart Team: 2013 Year of
Conservative Victories
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 2:47:12 PM     Post Reply
On the last Breitbart News Sunday of 2013, host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon invited Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow and Deputy Managing Editor Ezra Dulis to share their insights about the past year. Broadcast on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 from 7PM to 10PM EST, it was a special end-of-the- year show, which host Bannon dubbed "The 2013 Year of Victories Show." Marlow was all business and exuded urgency. He summons all conservatives to “the foot race of our lives,” warning them that the left is in a constant sprint to uproot traditional American values. The Breitbart Editor-in-Chief insisted

  



OPM: Nearly $85 Million Paid to
Dead Federal Retirees in 2013
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Edwin Mora    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 2:39:09 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) erroneously paid $274 million in benefits to deceased federal retirees over the past three years, including $84.7 million in 2013 alone, according to the agency’s annual financial report. OPM’s FY 2013 financial report released in mid-December revealed that improper “overpayments” to deceased federal annuitants under its retirement program reached $102.9 million in FY 2011, $86.1 million in FY 2012, and $84.7 million in FY 2013 for a total of nearly $274 million during that three year span. According to the OPM report, improper payments made by the agency include “underpayments (monies that OPM

Why the ‘Duck Dynasty’
Controversy Could Hurt Democrats
Daily Beast, by Keli Goff    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 12/30/2013 2:31:07 PM     Post Reply
The left thinks everyone who opposes gay marriage is some bigot like Phil Robertson. That intolerance could come back to sting Democrats in November. Until very recently I had no idea who or what Duck Dynasty was. But now I, along with the rest of the English-speaking world, know far more about Duck Dynasty than I care to. But I am preparing myself for the reality that I will be hearing those two words endlessly over the course of the next year. Because unlike many media scandals that come and go after a 24 hour news cycle, I believe the Duck Dynasty controversy will have legs. Not only will the controversy linger, it might reignite the culture war that has traditionally hurt Democrats, especially

Americans rank Barack Obama,
Hillary Clinton as most admired: poll
Reuters, by Colleen Jenkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 1:55:57 PM     Post Reply
Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world´s most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Obama topped the annual list for the sixth consecutive year, a typical ranking for a sitting U.S. president, the polling organization said. But the percentage of those surveyed who choose him as the most admired man fell to 16 percent this year, down from 30 percent in 2012. The president´s job approval rating has dropped during a year marked by a botched healthcare rollout and stalled legislative initiatives at the start of

Obama Loves Game of Thrones, Every
Other Critically Acclaimed Cable Drama
New York Magazine, by Margaret Hartmann    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 1:49:02 PM     Post Reply
When he isn´t running the country, President Obama finds time to watch every show friends say he really has to watch. He´s working his way through the DVD box set of Breaking Bad, and has said he´s a fan of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, The Wire, Mad Men, and Homeland. Obama is also into Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, but the New York Times notes that in general he seems to prefer "the kind of heavy, darkly rendered television that echoes the sadness and strife that make up so much of his workday."

GOP Crafts New Rules To
Shorten 2016 Primary Season
National Public Radio, by S.V. Date    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 1:43:29 PM     Post Reply
A year after losing the popular vote for the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has crafted a series of rules tweaks designed to regain control of — and dramatically shorten — its presidential nominating process. The subcommittee charged with looking for fixes has approved five proposed changes for review by the Republican National Committee´s rules committee at its January meeting. The full RNC would then need to pass the changes by a three-quarters supermajority. "I think this strikes a good balance," said John Ryder, the RNC´s general counsel. February 2016 would be set aside for the traditional

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