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Helicopter Rescues Passengers
From Ship Trapped in Antarctic Ice
New York Times, by Alan Cowell    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/2/2014 5:13:55 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — A helicopter from a Chinese ice-breaking vessel began a rescue on Thursday of 52 passengers trapped aboard an icebound research ship in Antarctica, landing next to the ship on ice that had been trampled into a makeshift landing zone, according to a passenger and a leader of the scientists on board. The helicopter from a Chinese icebreaker, the Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was to ferry the 52 passengers — scientists, tourists and several journalists — a dozen at a time, ending more than a week of drama in which ice held the MV Akademik Shokalskiy research ship

Obama Dooms Seniors
to Ravages of Aging
Accuracy in Media, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 5:09:45 AM     Post Reply
On Oct. 1, 2012 the Obama administration started awarding bonus points to hospitals that spend the least on elderly patients. It will result in fewer knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations. These are the five procedures that have transformed aging for older Americans. They used to languish in wheelchairs and nursing homes due to arthritis, cataracts and heart disease. Now they lead active lives. But the Obama administration is undoing that progress. By cutting $716 billion from future Medicare funding over the next decade and rewarding the hospitals that spend the least on seniors, the Obama health law

New York City is a ‘plantation,’ says
de Blasio inauguration preacher
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:05:14 AM     Post Reply
A Brooklyn pastor gave an invocation at Bill de Blasio’s mayoral inauguration on Wednesday comparing New York City to a Civil War-era “plantation” and asking for God’s help in ending inequality in the city. “End the civil wars and usher in a new Reconstruction era that builds upon the many successes and achievements of yesterday while proclaiming the beginning of a new beginning,” said Rev. Fred A. Lucas Jr., of Brooklyn Community Church. “Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill. A light shining in the darkness,” Lucas prayed. Lucas,



Romney grandchild latest
victim of racist media
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:00:29 AM     Post Reply
For the racist media, 2013 was another bad year. It culminated with the hideous display on MSNBC where a gang of nasty jabber-mouth panelists played the “knockout” game on Mitt Romney and his adopted black grandchild. Now there has been a lot of this “knockout” game going around where thugs sneak up on unsuspecting victims and cold-c**k them to the pavement. The goal is for innocents to drop like sacks of potatoes, without even a defensive flinch. It has been done to young people, mothers, students, elderly men and even elderly women. But never before has such an attack been caught on video

The Year of the Dud
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:55:33 AM     Post Reply
Lots of things that should have happened in 2013 did not. We were supposed to have long ago reached “peak oil” and an age of always-higher gas prices. Wind and solar power — and a reduced lifestyle — were our dismal future. But someone or something did not cooperate with gloomy government predictions. After all the failed subsidized green companies, the postponement of the Keystone Pipeline, the radical restrictions of new gas and oil leasing on federal lands, and the promises for radical climate-change legislation curtailing carbon-energy use, the United States nevertheless seems awash in old energy. Gas prices have been going down.

The hidden costs of ObamaCare
Fiscal Times, by Jacqueline Leo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:44:00 AM     Post Reply
ObamaCare has delivered another sucker punch to the middle class. This time it´s sticker shock. Now that most people can get past the tech problems of HealthCare.gov and actually see the real cost of insurance plans available, they are finding that Affordable Care is a big hit to the family budget. And when the family budget gets hit in the solar plexus, guess what happens to consumer spending and the economy? In California, policies for about 900,000 Californians are being canceled because of ObamaCare´s mandates, and about two-thirds of these do not qualify for subsidies, according to The Chicago Tribune. The result:

Helicopter rescue delayed
as second ship trapped in ice
Morning Herald [Sydney, Australia], by Nicky Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:39:28 AM     Post Reply
Plans to rescue 52 passengers trapped on the stricken Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy have been thrown into disarray after the Chinese ice-breaker Xue Long itself became stuck in pack ice, west of the Mertz Glacier. It is the second vessel to become trapped in the region in less than two weeks. There were expectations that a helicopter would on Thursday begin ferrying trapped passengers off the Russian ship and onto the Xue Long. Advertisement The plan was for them to then be transported by barge to the Australian-flagged Aurora Australis. But on Thursday morning it became apparent the Xue Long was itself unable



2014: The World Without
America. Or Is It?
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:33:27 AM     Post Reply
At the end of last year, President Obama was in Hawaii. French President Hollande was in Saudi Arabia, whose leaders openly declare their contempt for American leaders. Obama is basically having fun. Hollande and the royal family are basically doing strategy. They are designing actions to advance their interests in the new world; not, as is often said, a world without America, but a world in which American leaders have turned against America. Which is not an easy task. Those of us who lived abroad during the Cold War were given a window that was closed to our fellow citizens back home:

Cops can use radio waves
to bring your car to a halt
Fox News, by Peter Braun    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:29:01 AM     Post Reply
Finding a safe way to stop fleeing cars has been a difficult problem for law enforcement for a long time. Police have tried everything from spike strips to PIT maneuvers to bring fleeing villains to a halt. Now, however, a British company has a slightly more high tech idea: radio waves. The company, known as E2V is working on a system called RF-Safe Stop that projects radio pulses which overwhelm and shutdown engine electronics. The system is in essence a small radar transmitter that uses specific radio frequencies to create an effect similar to an electromagnetic pulse. The BBC reports that in

´Dead´ Banker Arrested in
$21 Million Fraud Charges
ABC News, by Kevin Dolak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:24:37 AM     Post Reply
A banker who vanished in an apparent suicide in 2012 and was wanted by the FBI in connection with a $20 million wire fraud case has been arrested in Georgia after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Aubrey Lee Price, 47, was stopped while driving on I-95 in Glynn County, Ga., on Wednesday for a tinted window violation, according to police. Officers said that it was clear Price was giving them false information during the stop, and were soon able to determine he was wanted by the FBI. Price´s arrest comes more than a year after a Florida judge declared

Poll: Americans Have Little
Faith in Government
Associated Press, by Charles Babington & Jennifer Agiesta    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:22:10 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation´s biggest problems, a new poll finds. Half say America´s system of democracy needs either "a lot of changes" or a complete overhaul, according to the poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 1 in 20 says it works well and needs no changes. Americans, who have a reputation for optimism, have a sharply pessimistic take on their government after years of disappointment in Washington. The percentage of Americans saying the nation



The Roberts Trap Is Sprung
American Thinker, by Bill Dunne    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/2/2014 3:27:43 AM     Post Reply
One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling. Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton´s chance to live in the White House again. The chief justice, an appointee of President George W. Bush and reputedly a constitutionalist in his jurisprudence, set his diabolical trap (diabolical to Democrats) on June 28, 2012, when he joined with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Conservatives and Republicans across the land

UK firms place 8,000 job adverts
in Romania for taxi drivers, hotel
staff, nurses and even doctors
Daily Mail [UK], by Arthur Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/2/2014 12:06:39 AM     Post Reply
British companies have placed nearly 8,000 job adverts for Romanians to come and work as taxi drivers, hotel staff, nurses and even doctors. The adverts – some of which have attracted more than 500 applicants – are written in the local language and have been posted on job-search websites in Romania. Some UK firms require only a ‘basic’ understanding of the English language and others say that previous experience is not necessary. (Snip) However, many jobs available will pay only the minimum wage of £6.31. This is seven times the minimum hourly rate of 88p in Romania. Recruitment agencies are advertising

Keeping Your Doctor Under
Obamacare Is No Easy Feat
Time Magazine, by Kate Pickert    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2014 11:02:33 PM     Post Reply
When Blue Shield of California was designing the new health plans it would offer individuals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the insurer made a simple request to doctors and hospital in its network — lower your prices or get left behind. The insurer asked providers to accept reimbursement rates as much as 30 percent lower than what Blue Shield previously paid through plans sold on the individual market. Some providers got on board, but not all. According to the company, just 60 percent of the doctors and 75 of the hospitals that participate in the Blue Shield of California’s

Not a ‘Bogus’ Benghazi Connection
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 1/1/2014 10:45:23 PM     Post Reply
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick was asked about the connections between Muhammad Jamal’s network and the Benghazi attack. Jamal, as I documented in a response to Kirkpatrick’s Times piece, was clearly operating as part of al Qaeda’s international network. And according to multiple reports, including in the New York Times itself, Jamal’s network is suspected of taking part in the Benghazi attack. This reporting contradicts Kirkpatrick’s thesis that only “local” Libyan actors were involved and that neither al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists, nor any other internationally connected terrorist groups, took part in the September



Providing for common defense
a lower priority as Pentagon
pivots to social issues
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:28:39 PM     Post Reply
As the armed forces shrink and withdraw from some global hot spots, their agenda for the battle of the sexes grows. The Pentagon under the Obama administration has devoted considerable hours in public and private to sorting out same-sex relationships, the roles of women in the foxhole and ways to stop sexual assaults. Now, another issue has arisen: gender transformation. The sexual revolution has some traditionalists wondering whether the Pentagon is taking its eye off the ball — the enemy. “Every conceivable form of PC is being enforced upon our hard-pressed military with a zeal that only a Russian army

Gearing up for the next Obamacare battle
Washington Times, by Meredith Somers    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:26:13 PM     Post Reply
Advocates for a Denver-based congregation of Catholic nuns on Wednesday applauded an eleventh-hour order by Supreme CourtJustice Sonia Sotomayor to temporarily block a requirement under the Affordable Care Act to insure birth control procedures, but attorneys and analysts agreed the fight is far from over. The complicated politics of Obamacare were on full display on the first day of the year as a key component of President Obama’s health care law was put on indefinite hold at the last moment by a Catholic court justice whom Mr. Obama himself named to the high court. The justice’s ruling was also the

Supreme Court temporarily
allows religious groups not
to cover birth control
Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:22:38 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration faced a fresh challenge to its health-care law just as many of its key provisions took effect Wednesday, after an eleventh-hour Supreme Court ruling temporarily allowed some Catholic groups not to cover birth control in their employee health plans. The requirement that employers cover contraception and related medications and procedures has been one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act, leading to dozens of lawsuits from groups that say it violates their religious freedom. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the issue this year. The decision came on the eve of what administration

Is New York’s de Blasio prompting
a repositioning by the Clintons?
Washington Post, by Dan Balz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:19:08 PM     Post Reply
It isn’t often that the swearing-in of a new mayor of New York draws national television attention, but then, it isn’t every day that you see a mayor sworn in by a former president of the United States with a prospective presidential candidate also on the stage. So there was plenty of symbolism and more than the usual amount of politics attached to the formal inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday. Issues such as the prospects of liberalism in an ideologically divided country, the future shape of the Democratic Party and the political ambitions of Hillary (and Bill)

Obamacare needs more
enrollees to work well
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:17:17 PM     Post Reply
IT’S STILL unclear how well the Affordable Care Act will function. But on Wednesday, the law started working for a good chunk of those it was designed to help. The formerly uninsured who signed up for health-care plans under its provisions are now able to use their new coverage. As The Post’s Lena H. Sun and Amy Goldstein reported Sunday, those people include Illinois financial consultant Adam Peterson, 50, who will be able to get long-needed gallbladder surgery, and Tennessee student Emily Wright, 28, who can have a specialist look at a suspicious mole. Judging by the enrollment numbers the


Historic Bible goes missing
after de Blasio swearing in
New York Post, by Jamie Schram, Larry Celona *    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/1/2014 10:11:52 PM     Post Reply
The FDR bible used by Mayor Bill de Blasio for his swearing in vanished after the New Year’s Day ceremony, sparking a panicked, hours-long search for the historic tome. “They had the whole detail looking through blankets,’’ a police source said of the scramble by at least 50 NYPD detectives and city officials to find the Bible, which was given to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a gift at his first inauguration in March 1933. Former President Bill Clinton performed the ceremony Wednesday as de Blasio laid his hand on the bible. But around 2:30 pm, the bible was nowhere

Rawlings-Blake wants new fire
chief to make agency more diverse
Baltimore Sun, by Luke Broadwater    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/1/2014 10:04:13 PM     Post Reply
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her pick to run the city Fire Department said Monday they hope to hire and promote more minorities and women — even as the department cuts positions. In introducing Niles Ford, 48, as her selection to lead the Baltimore City Fire Department, Rawlings-Blake called a lack of diversity in the agency a "persistent problem." She pointed to Ford´s work as fire chief in Lincoln, Neb., where he created a plan to hire more minorities and women. "Dr. Ford was also a leader in opening the door for women and minorities in Lincoln, promoting the first female

Elderly man assaulted
in Glen Burnie robbery
WBAL-TV [Baltimore, MD], by Saliqa Khan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/1/2014 9:57:36 PM     Post Reply
Glen Burnie robbery, Md. — An elderly man is recovering after he was assaulted and robbed while walking home from an Anne Arundel County McDonald´s Monday. The 89-year-old victim told police three teenage boys struck him in the head and knocked him to the ground near Cloverleaf and Four Leaf Clover drives in Glen Burnie. (Snip) "He was struck in the head. He subsequently fell to the ground. He was apparently able to make it to his residence, and that´s when he was transported for treatment to an area hospital for serious injuries. I mean, it was a serious assault,"

Prices soar for some generic drugs
San Francisco Chronicle, by Victoria Colliver    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/1/2014 9:49:27 PM     Post Reply
The widespread use of generic medications is supposed to save the health care system money, but huge price spikes in certain common, previously low-cost drugs is putting some of that savings in question. Nosebleed-level price increases of more than 100 percent, 1,000 percent and, in some cases, 6,000 percent and above are making it difficult for pharmacists to fill some prescriptions because insurance companies have been slow to adjust their reimbursements to reflect the price spikes. Large chain pharmacies have felt the pinch, but it´s been especially hard on independent pharmacists. "I had to turn away several patients

Fiat reaches $4.35 billion
deal to buy rest of Chrysler
Detroit News, by Bryce G. Hoffman and David Shepardson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/1/2014 9:43:13 PM     Post Reply
Fiat SpA has reached an agreement with the United Auto Workers to purchase the rest of Chrysler Group LLC. The $4.35 billion deal, which was announced Wednesday, marks the culmination of years of on-and-off negotiations between the Italian automaker and the union, which controls the retiree health care trust that owns a minority stake in the Auburn Hills automaker. In a message to employees worldwide, Fiat Chairman John Elkann and CEO Sergio Marchionne called it “a historic day” for both Fiat and Chrysler. (Snip) The U.S. Treasury Department booked a $1.3 billion loss on its $12.5 billion bailout

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