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Roma already in Britain ´are defecating
on people´s doorsteps´ says top Tory
council leader as she warns of burden
that Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants
will place on public services
Daily Mail [UK], by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/31/2013 7:46:32 PM     Post Reply
A leading Conservative has warned that council taxpayers face rising costs from the influx of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants set to start tomorrow - and claims that Roma are already causing trouble by begging aggressively and defecating in public. Philippa Roe, leader of Westminster City Council, said that local authorities had ´no idea´ how many Eastern Europeans would come to Britain after immigration restrictions are lifted on January 1. And a police commissioner in the Midlands revealed that more crimes are committed by Romanians than by any other group of foreign nationals in his area even before the rules have changed.

Starting the new year in Obamacare limbo
CNN Money, by Tami Luhby    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/31/2013 7:37:43 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - Planning to use your new Obamacare insurance benefits early in the new year? If you don´t have your brand spanking new ID card, you´d better bring along your wallet. Insurers and health care providers are bracing for some chaos at the start of 2014 when the newly insured begin to use their Obamacare health coverage. Because of the repeated, last-minute deadline extensions, some applicants´ enrollments may be incomplete in insurers´ systems on Jan. 1. This is particularly true of those who wait until after the first of the year to pay. Many insurers are giving consumers until

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
addresses gay rumour
Toronto Sun [Canada], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/31/2013 7:29:01 PM     Post Reply
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers insisted Tuesday that he “really, really likes women.” The three-time Pro Bowler was asked to address rumours his former roommate, Kevin Lanflisi, was actually his one-time lover. “I’m not gay,” Rodgers told ESPN Milwaukee, before reiterating his attraction to women. “That’s all I can say about that.” Multiple gossip sites attempted to connect the dots, kicking off a social media firestorm which led to Rodgers, 30, addressing the reports. “There’s always going to be silly stuff out there in the media,” he told ESPN. Readers can decide for themselves exactly how silly the speculation

  


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´I Don´t Know Anything About
Football,´ WaPo Columnist Tells
MSNBC Panel on Redskins´ Fate
NewsBusters, by Randy Hall    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/31/2013 7:14:29 PM     Post Reply
How much do you need to know about a subject before expressing a strong opinion during a panel on MSNBC? Apparently very little, as Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart took part in a Monday afternoon discussion on the future of the Washington Redskins National Football League team since coach Mike Shanahan had just been fired. Kristen Welker -- fill-in host for that weekday´s edition of Andrea Mitchell Reports -- asked: “Are the Redskins stronger moving forward without Shanahan?” Capehart replied: “You’re asking the wrong guy here. I don’t know anything about football.” Instead, he turned to a liberal talking

Alan Colmes Defends Melissa Harris-
Perry: ‘Panel Was Mocking GOP,
Not Romney’s Black Grandson’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/31/2013 7:10:08 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel of Dean Obeidallah and Pia Glenn have taken a considerable amount of flak for their poking fun at a photograph of Mitt Romney‘s adopted black grandson, but they have one defender working at a rival network: Fox’s Alan Colmes. For his Tuesday afternoon blog post, Colmes made his beliefs clear in the headline: “MSNBC Panel Was Mockinig [sic] Republicans, Not Mitt Romney’s Black Grandchild”. “Melissa Harris-Perry is apologizing for something that she didn’t do wrong,” he wrote. “A photo of the Romney family with a black baby on Mitt’s knee was the subject of

White House Insults Nation’s Intelligence
by Pretending Obamacare Enrollment
Goal Never Existed
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/31/2013 7:05:10 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday, White House health care adviser Phil Schiliro asserted that the White House never had a target number of Affordable Care Act enrollees. The widely circulated figure of 7 million – a figure which has been cited and repeated regularly by the press and members of the administration, was never their number, Schiliro asserted. “That was never our target number,” he insisted. “That was a target that was put out by the Congressional Budget Office and has become the accepted number.” He should have informed Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius of this development.

Vandals strike Obama plaque at
Nobel Peace Park in Eugene
KMTR (Springfield, OR), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/31/2013 7:00:29 PM     Post Reply
EUGENE, Ore. - Someone carved an obscenity into the plaque honoring President Barack Obama´s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize at a park honoring all of America´s winners of the award. The vandalism to the Nobel Peace Park in Alton Baker Park will cost $700 to repair. Richard Zucker with the City of Eugene said the vandalism isn´t just about the money. "I know this is politically involved, but this is a place that´s supposed to unite everyone," he said. "It´s for meditation, reflection. It´s no place for crass, political statements." The plaque has been removed while crews work to replace it.

  


  

Beyoncé posts Instagram photo
of her blocking Jesus in ´Last
Supper´ painting
New York Daily News, by Zayda Rivera    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/31/2013 6:53:23 PM     Post Reply
Beyoncé´s outrageously successful year may have left the musical diva feeling godly. While visiting Miami´s South Beach, Queen Bey posted several Instagram photos, with one standing out among the rest. The 32-year-old singer sat centered in front of a painting that resembled Leonardo DaVinci´s "The Last Supper" depicting Jesus´ last meal with his disciples before the cruxifiction. Sitting directly in front of Jesus at the center of the table, the "Bow Down" singer can be seen wearing a tight green pencil skirt and bustier as she looks over her shoulder and stares into the distance. Critics immediately began commenting on

Hawaii approves higher
rates for HMSA, Kaiser
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/31/2013 6:50:19 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU - State insurance officials have approved rate increases for Hawaii Medical Service Association and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii health plans that were expected to be canceled as President Barack Obama´s federal health insurance overhaul takes effect. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday the state Insurance Division approved increases of 9.2 percent for 11,000 individual plans and 5 percent for 26,300 small business plans administered by Kaiser. HMSA will be allowed to increase rates on 14,300 individual plans by 7.5 percent. HMSA increased small business rates by 6.8 percent for 118,000 members earlier this year. Insurers say the increases are necessary to cover higher

Judge Orders ‘Compassionate Release’
Of Jailed Former Civil Rights Lawyer
CBS News [New York] & Associated, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/31/2013 6:48:03 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK –A federal judge in Manhattan ordered a “compassionate release” Tuesday from prison for a dying former civil rights lawyer. The U.S. government requested the release earlier in the day for Lynne Stewart, who was convicted in a terrorism case from prison. Prosecutors say Stewart, 74, suffers from recurrent stage-four breast cancer. She was not scheduled to be released until August 2018. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl had said he could not release her early without a recommendation for from prison authorities. The director of the Bureau of Prisons made the request through Preet Bharara, the United States attorney

Expect a huge political
shake-up in 2014
Telegraph [UK], by Nigel Farage    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2013 6:41:08 PM     Post Reply
Happy New Year to Daily Telegraph readers. I am sure 2014 will be a pivotal year in British politics, and I suggest this for a number of reasons. From today 29 million people from Bulgaria and Romania have untrammelled access to Britain and our labour market. We shall learn very soon that our EU membership and adherence to EU free movement means free housing, free healthcare and free access to the British benefits system for every EU citizen who wishes to come here. At a time when school places are at a premium, when one million young people are unemployed

  


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Couple run 365 marathons in a year
Sydney Morning Herald (AUS), by Carolyn Webb    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/31/2013 6:40:36 PM     Post Reply
As a New Year´s resolution it was a little extreme. At the start of 2013, Melbourne couple Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and Alan Murray, 68, set out to run around Australia for a year, completing a marathon a day. That´s 365 marathons, or more than 15,000 kilometres. With no day off. About 3pm on Tuesday, barring a catastrophe, they will achieve their goal, jogging triumphantly up St Kilda Road to their starting point, Federation Square.

Kim Jong-un, Cold and Smoking
Alone at the Top of the World
New York Magazine, by Joe Coscarelli    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/31/2013 6:31:15 PM     Post Reply
The North Korean dictator took a moment for quiet reflection after a busy year of family drama and brutal executions during a visit to his Masik Pass Ski Resort propaganda project: The lift, analysts say, is a 1970s model and has been ripped off from another resort after European lift sellers canceled North Korea’s pre-order due to sanctions imposed on luxury goods. Kim touts the ski resort is for the people, but the average wage in the country is less than $100 a month. Admission fee for Masik Pass is $50. The ski sanctuary is said to have cost about $300 million and

Administration boasts 2.1 million Obamacare
enrollees after December ´surge,´ but only
HALF of them have paid premiums
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2013 6:21:39 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Health and Human Services is in mid-victory-lap over its enrollment of an estimated 2.1 million Americans into Obamacare insurance plans, a figure claimed in a blog post Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But as many as half of those customers have yet to make a payment, a new report suggests. The Wall Street Journal interviewed Mark Waterstraat, the chief strategy officer at a firm that processes billings for insurers. He said that only about 50 percent of enrollees in 17 states have paid their bills for the first month´s premium. That statistic, if it were

Brad Pitt´s Hurricane Katrina charity
under fire after homes are ´ROTTING
from the inside in New Orleans´
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2013 6:16:27 PM     Post Reply
Hollywood star Brad Pitt’s Hurricane Katrina charity is coming under fire after more than two dozen homes that his organization built are rotting. The charity, Make It Right New Orleans, built the homes in the devastated Ninth Ward after the 2005 natural disaster that killed more than 1,800 people. Homeowners have complained that the wood cannot withstand the humid climate of the city and therefore are rotting and growing fungus. ‘It turned grey and it was also black,’ Make It Right home-owner Nola Verrett told Radar Online. The charity has blamed the wood company TimberSIL for providing the lumber, which is a non-burning

  


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Climate Change Vastly Worse
Than Previously Thought
Slate Magazine, by Mark Joseph Stern    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/31/2013 6:12:49 PM     Post Reply
A new study published in Nature suggests that climate change is even worse than scientists had previously anticipated, upgrading the forecast from "dangerous" to "catastrophic." (snip) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern, stating that "if this isn´t an alarm bell, then I don´t know what one is. If ever there were an issue that demanded greater cooperation, partnership, and committed diplomacy, this is it." But the unnerving escalaton in climate change is unlikely to be abated without significant U.S. support—and for the time being, the Republican party insists on stonewalling any efforts to offset the human-caused

Why Has Republican Belief in
Evolution Declined So Much?
Atlantic, by David A. Graham    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/31/2013 6:08:34 PM     Post Reply
In November, Mischa Fisher took to this space to criticize the notion that Republicans are the anti-science party. Plenty of Democrats hold views that contradict empirically established facts, and Republican skepticism is overblown, he wrote. And yet ... The Pew Research Center released new numbers Monday on how Americans view evolution. (The question was asked in a way to include those who believe God or a supreme being guided the process.) About six in 10 accept it, the poll found, but the partisan divide is wide: (snip) It´s not surprising that Republicans are less likely to believe in evolution that

MSNBC´s Wolffe Mocks ´ObamaCare
Haters´ as ´Biggest Losers of the Year´
Mediaite, by Brad Wilmouth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 6:00:39 PM     Post Reply
On the Monday, December 30, The Last Word with Lawrence O´Donnell on MSNBC, Richard Wolffe -- executive editor of MSNBC.com -- mocked "ObamaCare haters," tagging them as the "biggest losers of the year," as he appeared as a panel member to select awards in various news categories for the year 2013. As he suggested that the reduction in glitches at Healthcare.Gov solves ObamaCare´s problems, Wolffe compared opponents to people still "fighting the Second World War on a lost island." After host O´Donnell asked who was the "biggest loser of the year," Wolffe began his gloating: I´m tempted to say these are

Republicans blast Obama for launching
program to create national monuments
even though funding for White House
tours got the axe from the sequester
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2013 5:56:30 PM     Post Reply
A Republican member of Congress slammed the Obama administration Monday for creating five new national monuments when the US federal government is struggling under the weight of a mandated austerity plan. When the so-called budget sequester, a trigger mechanism built into the failed 2012 congressional budget talks, kicked in, most federal agencies were forced into across-the-board budget cuts. This includes the Department of the Interior, whose National Park Service maintains and operates national parks and monuments. [Snip] But the president created five new monuments Monday in a signing ceremony announced just four days earlier. ´By designating these national monuments today,

Alabama lawmaker sends shocking RACIST
rant to gun-rights constituent, and copies
every member of the state legislature
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2013 5:52:04 PM     Post Reply
A black member of the Alabama legislature uncorked a racist tirade in an email this week to a constituent who urged him not to embrace new gun control laws--copying his incendiary language to every member of the state legislature. Joseph Mitchell, a Democrat who has represented parts of the city of Mobile since 1994 and ran for re-election unopposed in 2010 and 2006, castigated a voter named Eddie Maxwell, a Jefferson County man whom he correctly presumed was white. ´Hey man,´ Mitchell wrote. ´Your folk never used all this sheit [sic] to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping,

  



Mexico´s oil revenues drop,
but tax collection up
EFE News Agency [Spain], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/31/2013 5:48:19 PM     Post Reply
Mexico City - Mexico´s oil revenues dropped 1.8 percent in the January-November period, compared to the same period in 2012, but non-petroleum tax revenues rose 3.9 percent, the government said. Public sector budget revenues fell 1.2 percent in real terms during the first 11 months of 2013, compared to the January-November period last year, the Finance Secretariat said. Oil revenues fell as a result of a drop in the average price of Mexico´s crude exports, lower oil and gas production, and a stronger peso, the secretariat said in a report.

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,

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