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Joke’s on us: WH now says 7M
never ‘target number’ for Obamacare
Washington Times (D.C), by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 5:48:13 PM     Post Reply
White House health care adviser Phil Schiliro said Tuesday that a goal of seven million people signing up for health insurance by the end of March was “never our target number,” attempting to downplay a figure that has been circulated for months. “That was never our target number,” Mr. Schiliro said on MSNBC. “That was a target that was put out by the Congressional Budget Office and has become the accepted number.” In June, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said the administration was “hopeful that seven million is a realistic target.” In an interview with NBC News

The Times’ Benghazi Report:
Convenient for Clinton
National Review Online, by Elliott Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 5:18:13 PM     Post Reply
The division of the “Hillary for President” campaign known as the New York Times issued a lengthy white paper on Sunday, entitled “A Deadly Mix In Benghazi.” This article, the paper explained, was based on “months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there . . . ” In other words, the article is centered on interviews with extremists and terrorists, whose words are taken as gospel. That they may have changed their stories, or be putting forth stories for their own benefit rather than because

Global Warming Researchers Ice-Bound;
96 Percent of Network Stories Censor
Why Ship Is There
Newsbusters, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 5:15:04 PM     Post Reply
Antarctic ice trapped a ship full of scientists on a climate change expedition. Yet, 96 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers ignored climate change entirely. The ship has been stuck since Christmas morning. The broadcast networks mostly ignored the reason the Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was on its way to Antarctica. Twenty-five out of 26 stories (96 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to do with the expedition. In fact, rather than point out the mission of the scientists to find evidence of climate change,



Credulous and Tendentious on Benghazi
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 5:11:19 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times has published a strange but unsurprising account of the attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012 — strange in that it presents the explanations and testimony of terrorists involved in the attack without comment or context, and unsurprising because that account supports the narrative the Obama administration aggressively promoted for weeks after the massacre. The first of the Grey Lady’s two key findings: “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,

WP on Outgoing Smithsonian Secretary:
‘Cowardly Decision’ to Remove Video of
Ants on Crucifix in Gay Exhibit
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/31/2013 4:56:43 PM     Post Reply
In a Dec. 13 profile of outgoing Smithsonian Institution Secretary G. Wayne Clough, art critic Philip Kennicott called the order Clough gave three years ago to remove from a National Portrait Gallery exhibit a video that included images of ants crawling over a crucified Christ and of male genitals a “cowardly decision.” Referring to Clough’s predecessor Lawrence Small, Kennicott wrote in the Washington Post: “After a period of imperial leadership that reflected the larger and crass sense of entitlement during an era of reckless economic speculation, Clough brought homespun decency to the institution, but he didn´t bring much

CNN Contributor Calls Romney
Family Photo ‘Exploitive’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 4:53:38 PM     Post Reply
Marc Lamont Hill turned the tables on the criticism of Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel’s mocking Mitt Romney’s African-American grandson by saying the photo of Romney’s family was ”exploitive [sic].” He said that it would have been inappropriate for the panel to make fun of Romney family children or the fact that the grandson was adopted, but justified the jeers by saying they were ridiculing the GOP and Mitt Romney, not the child. “Some would say, maybe, that it’s an exploitive picture — that they’re exploiting the kid by holding him out there,” Hill said on CNN on Monday. “[The panel] was pointing out the fact that the picture

MSNBC’s Dyson Draws Comparison Between
Phil Robertson, Abner Louima’s Sodomizer
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 4:45:04 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC regular Michael Eric Dyson brushed aside the argument that Phil Robertson doesn’t harbor racial hostility just because he has a biracial grandson, drawing a connection between Robertson and one of the men who sodomized Abner Louima. In 1997, Louima was assaulted and forcibly sodomized with a plunger by members of the NYPD by plunger. “The man who plunged a plunger deep into the behind of Abner Louima was himself dating a black woman when he did that heinous act,” Dyson said on Monday. “There’s no one-to-one correlation between particular domestic intimacy with a black person or person of color and



They Really Believe This
Stuff: Adoption Edition
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 4:36:28 PM     Post Reply
Every time MSNBC beclowns itself with absurd conservative hate, NRO should repost Charles C. W. Cooke’s excellent takedown, “MSNBC’s Alternative Universe.” The short answer for why incidents like this keep happening is that far lefties (heavily over-represented at MSNBC) really do believe the worst about conservatives. And I do mean the worst. It’s not that we’re just evil, because one can be an evil genius. We’re evil, stupid, hypocritical, have bad haircuts, kick puppies, and hate our grandmothers . . . unless our grandmothers are in the Klan. It’s really not worth dwelling on the actual Romney adoption kerfuffle.

De Blasio: Horse-Drawn
Carriages in Central Park ‘Over’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 4:32:27 PM     Post Reply
Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages will soon be a thing of the past (even more so) under the de Blasio administration. The incoming New York City mayor has already announced he will begin phasing out the nostalgic rides and ban them when he takes office, which starts tomorrow. “It’s over,” de Blasio said, calling the practice inhumane. ”We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City.” Supporters of de Blasio’s efforts, such as an official with ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty group, described the horse-drawn carriages as ”unnatural, unnecessary, and an undeniable

Mexican coastal highway
cracks up and slides 300ft down
mountainside into sea after
earthquake near U.S. border
Daily Mail (UK), by Alex Ward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 4:31:02 PM     Post Reply
A cement truck driver is lucky to be alive after the coastal highway he was driving on in Mexico cracked and sunk some 300 feet down a mountainside into the sea near the U.S. border. The driver was rescued by heavy machinery before his truck, along with a 300-yard section of the road, which leads to port city Ensenada on the Baja California peninsula, slid into the Pacific Ocean. While it remains unclear what caused the landslide, fractures in the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road were seen after several small earthquakes ranging from 1.3 to 4.3 in magnitude shook the area on

Obama has low-key holiday in Hawaii
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 4:16:59 PM     Post Reply
Through the first 10 days of his end-of-the-year vacation in Hawaii, President Obama has largely fulfilled one goal: Staying out of the public eye. While his administration has sent out formal statements, and campaign organizations have e-mailed fundraising solicitations under his name, Obama has also gotten in daily workouts, hiking and beach trips, dinners with friends and family and six golf outings in his home state.Obama has also signed bills into law and conducted a series of briefings, all behind closed doors. (Snip) The president and his family return to Washington, D.C., this weekend. The Associated Press summed up parts of



Administration says 2.1 million enrolled in
Obamacare but won´t say how many paid
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/31/2013 3:39:12 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 2.1 million people had enrolled in new health plans ahead of Obamacare exchanges going into effect Jan. 1, but officials could not say how many Americans had actually paid for such coverage.“The new law is transformational for our entire health care system,” Health and Human Services Secretary Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a conference call with reporters, announcing the new enrollment figures. According to the Obama administration, more than two million people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the federal and state exchanges, and 3.9 million Americans have “learned they’re eligible for coverage through

Lights out for the incandescent
light bulb as of Jan. 1, 2014
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ruready?- 12/31/2013 2:58:15 PM     Post Reply
When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, the year ends -- and so does the ordinary lightbulb. Jan. 1. marks the end of a seven-year effort to outlaw the ordinary lightbulb, thanks to a 2007 law that raised minimum efficiency standards for traditional incandescent bulbs far beyond what the technology can manage. It’s lights out for the traditional light bulb, in other words, which was essentially killed by that bill. “The government started phasing out incandescents in 2010, starting with the 100-watt bulb, and then followed by the 75-watt,” explained Melissa Andresko, communications director for lighting-automation company Lutron. “Come

Condom Campaign: Invite a
Polar Bear Into Your Bedroom
This New Year´s Eve
eNews (Park Forest, IL), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/31/2013 2:40:41 PM     Post Reply
TUCSON, Ariz.-- On the busiest night of the year for getting busy, the Center for Biological Diversity is asking people to think twice before hopping in the sack — once about human population growth and again about endangered species.(snip) Each year, nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. More than 200,000 people are added to the planet every day, and, according to the United Nations, global human population could reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. As the human population grows, wildlife pays the price as habitat is developed, air and water are polluted and the climate crisis deepens.To

The 124 states of America
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 2:30:08 PM     Post Reply
Secessionist movements are all the rage these days. A handful of counties in Colorado tried to secede from the rest of the state earlier this year. There´s an attempt to create the State of Jefferson (northern California/southern Oregon) via ballot initiative in 2014. And there´s plenty more. What would the U.S. look like if all of the secession movements in U.S. history had succeeded? Well, Mansfield University geography professor Andrew Shears built a map to answer that question. (It covers secession movements through the end of 2011.) His 124 states of America is below. Click the map



Chinese Businessman Says
He Wants Stake in Times Co.
New York Times, by David Barboza    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 2:24:59 PM     Post Reply
SHANGHAI— A wealthy Chinese businessman and philanthropist known for his zany public stunts said Tuesday that he is leading a group of investors seeking to acquire a large or controlling stake in The New York Times Company. Shares in the Times Company jumped 4 percent to a five-year high Monday, shortly after the businessman, Chen Guangbiao, hinted at his plans in a speech in southern China. The publisher of The New York Times said earlier this year that the family that controls the paper is not interested in selling it. In a telephone interview Tuesday, Mr. Chen said he had

15-year-old boy who felt ´disrespected´
charged in Christmas killing
of Newark teens, sources say
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by James Queally*    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/31/2013 2:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Newark — The Christmas night killing of two Newark teenagers involved a dispute over a girl between the teenage shooter and one of the victims, sources told The Star-Ledger today. The suspected shooter, identified only as a 15-year-old boy, was apparently angry with either 15-year-old Kasson Morman or 14-year-old Abdul "Scooter" Frazier after one of the two victims supposedly "hit on" a girl he was dating, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. The teen suspect felt "disrespected" by one of the male teen victims, the

No charges for North Haledon
mayor, police chief who used
borough generators for personal use
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/31/2013 2:14:03 PM     Post Reply
A northern New Jersey mayor and police chief won´t face charges for taking borough generators for personal use following Superstorm Sandy last year. The Record reports the Passaic County prosecutor´s office wrote in a letter that there wasn´t evidence to warrant a criminal prosecution of North Haledon Mayor Randy George and Police Chief Robert Bracco. In the days after Sandy caused widespread flooding and power outages, George borrowed a borough generator to use at his ice cream parlor and Bracco took one to his home. Some council members were critical of the actions, but a council review cleared both men

Sparkling Sydney kicks off
global 2014 party
Agence France- Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 2:08:53 PM     Post Reply
Sydney- Sydney kicked off New Year celebrations with a dazzling fireworks display, the first in a wave of pyrotechnics to usher in 2014 from Hong Kong to world record-chasing Dubai. Seven tonnes of explosives lit up Australia´s biggest city, with fireworks shooting off the Opera House for the first time in more than 10 years as part of the December 31 extravaganza, focused on the Harbour Bridge. "They were absolutely fantastic," said Murphy Robertson, from Denver in the United States, after watching the Aus$6 million ($5.4 million) show which attracted some 1.5 million people to harbour vantage points. "The Opera House

The Federal Government
Just Bought a Dinosaur
National Journal, by Patrick Reis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 1:05:48 PM     Post Reply
Doswellia are 7-foot-long carnivorous reptiles with boxy bodies, flat heads, and long necks—and the National Park Service just bought one a home. Safari enthusiasts, however, will not get to see the creature in action. Doswellia have been extinct for somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 million years, and the specimen in question is just a skeleton. But it´s a rare find, even as fossils go, and paleontologists were excited when they came across the skeleton this summer in northeastern Arizona. Nearby, researchers also found the well-preserved, 2-foot-long skull of a phytosaur, a relative of the doswellia and a distant ancestor


12 Maps That Changed the World
Atlantic, by Uri Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 1:03:20 PM     Post Reply
In June 2012, Brian McClendon, an executive at Google, announced that Google Maps and Google Earth were part of a far loftier pursuit than edging out Apple and Facebook in the map services market. Google, McClendon wrote in a blog post, was engaged in nothing less than a "never-ending quest for the perfect map." "We’ve been building a comprehensive base map of the entire globe—based on public and commercial data, imagery from every level (satellite, aerial and street level) and the collective knowledge of our millions of users," McClendon noted. By strapping cameras to the backs of intrepid hikers, mobilizing users

Report confirms government effort
to alter coal job loss estimates
Washington Times, by Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 1:00:35 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration tried to edit a report on new coal regulations to lower analysts’ estimates of serious job losses, an official investigation has found, backing up reports that the Interior Department pressured a private contractor to change information in order to make the data more acceptable. The Associated Press and Fox News reported in 2011 that a company claimed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement asked it to change variables in a calculation that showed new environmental regulations would lead to large job losses. Several Interior Department officials were called to testify before Congress after the initial reports were

MSNBC must apologize to Romney
family for mocking black grandchild,
host´s Twitter apology not enough
Fox Opinion, by Scott Brown    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 12:58:19 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s mocking of the adopted African-American baby in Governor Romney’s family was outrageous, offensive and over-the-line. An after-the-fact apology from host Melissa Harris-Perry two days later is not enough. MSNBC network executives need to personally apologize to Governor Romney and his family. Disciplinary action also must be taken against the offending parties, just as it would if the roles were reversed and a conservative had said something similar on a different network. Perhaps most alarming about this entire incident is the fact that the offending segment happened on Sunday afternoon and went unnoticed until a blogger flagged it Monday morning.

Report: New York Investigators Obtain
Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/31/2013 12:57:14 PM     Post Reply
New York City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) has just shown how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable. Its undercover agents were able to obtain ballots for city elections a total of 61 times — 39 times using the names of dead people, 14 times using the names of incarcerated felons, and eight times using the names of non-residents. On only two occasions, or about 3 percent of the time, were the agents stopped by polling-place officials. In one of the two cases, an investigator was stopped only because the felon he was trying to vote

NYT editor defiant on Benghazi
report amid lawmaker criticism
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 12:53:06 PM     Post Reply
A New York Times editor on Monday staunchly defended a controversial report on the Benghazi attack which largely backed the State Department´s narrative, amid withering criticism from congressional Republicans and others. The State Department, as might be expected, also spoke in defense of the New York Times article. "Much of what´s in this in-depth investigation ... tracks with what the [internal review board] found and with our understanding of the facts," Marie Harf, a spokeswoman from the State Department, said Monday. The lengthy Times report and the subsequent fallout represent the latest battle over the public narrative of what happened the night of

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