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The Perverse Exemption
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 5:18:12 PM     Post Reply
While we were away, the Department of Health and Human Services offered what might be termed a concession to reality. In a Dec. 19 letter, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius informed Virginia´s Mark Warner and five other members of the Democratic Senate Caucus that what she called a "small number of consumers" would be granted an "exemption from the individual responsibility requirement" of ObamaCare during 2014. "Individual responsibility requirement" is HHS jargon for what is commonly called the "individual mandate" and is legally not a requirement or mandate at all but an additional tax on the income of Americans who lack medical insurance

In 1943, LaGuardia Asked Citizens to Shovel
Snow -- In 2014, De Blasio Promises Equal
Distribution of Snow Removal
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 5:16:58 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: What I need to know is... Folks, I´m just trying to get the lay of the land here, and nobody is answering my question. Did anybody survive in New York City? That´s what I´m trying to find out. There are survivors in New York City? There are people alive in New York City? Okay, that´s all I wanted to know. I was panicking. I´m watching the news about the blizzard. Do you know you can have a blizzard with no snow now? I got a Drive-By weather babe claiming that. Who says you need snow for a blizzard? It´s so

The Illegal Lawyer and the Rule of Law
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:16:52 PM     Post Reply
On the surface, the tale of Sergio Garcia’s legal triumph is heart-warming. The native of Mexico worked hard in several jobs and went to college, eventually graduating from Cal Northern School of Law and passed the state’s unusually challenging bar exam on his first try. He should be celebrated as an example of how the American dream still works for immigrants who are willing to follow the same path emigrants from other countries pursued in the past. But because Garcia entered this country illegally, his successful attempt to practice as an attorney illustrates both the dysfunction of the current system



Snowden Lied About China Contacts
Daily Beast, by Gordon G. Chang    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:14:30 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, the New York Times urged the Obama administration to offer Edward Snowden “a plea bargain or some form of clemency.” The paper called the former NSA contractor “a whistle-blower” for his exposure of “the vast scope” of the NSA’s “reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.” Perhaps Snowden is what the Times portrays him to be, a hero of sorts, yet the editors of the paper rushed to judgment. In their editorial they did not even raise the possibility that he passed along vital national security secrets to China.

A GOP Year
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:09:14 PM     Post Reply
A White House official once noted that the problem with the national press corps is it can only keep one idea in its mind at a time. And while that’s often true, it’s not at the moment in regard to Republicans.Today’s media line on the Republican party is it faces irreversible decline. That’s on the one hand. On the other, Republicans have a solid shot at capturing the Senate in the midterm elections in November, are all but certain to retain control of the House, and have reasonable prospects of winning the White House in 2016. That these two scenarios conflict

Hospital agrees to let Jahi
McMath family take girl
Chronicle [San Francisco, CA], by Henry K. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:03:40 PM     Post Reply
Oakland -- Children´s Hospital Oakland reached an agreement with the family of Jahi McMath on Friday that will allow a critical care team to enter the hospital to move the girl to an unspecified facility. The agreement, described in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, is the latest development in an unusual battle between the hospital and the girl´s family, who is rejecting the declaration that Jahi is dead after doctors determined that she was brain dead. On Friday, the Alameda County Coroner issued a death certificate stating that Jahi died on Dec. 12. The family insists that Jahi

Texas coaching vacancy looms as
major shakeup for college football
Associated Press, by Ralph D. Russo    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 1/3/2014 4:13:52 PM     Post Reply
PASADENA, Calif. — A Texas-sized cloud of uncertainty looms over college football’s biggest game of the season. As No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn prepare in Southern California to meet Monday in the last BCS championship game, the University of Texas is still looking for a new football coach. And until the Longhorns make a hire, just about every successful coach can be considered a candidate — including Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. “I’ve been amazed about how quiet this thing has been,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said earlier this week. “Because of that it



Study names Virginia ‘Worst
state to be a burglar’
Fairfax Times, by Gregg MacDonald    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 1/3/2014 3:59:26 PM     Post Reply
Virginia is the worst state in the U.S. for burglars, according to a new nationwide study by a security systems company. According to statistics compiled by SimpliSafe Home Security Systems, Virginia homeowners are 46 percent less likely to be burgled than the national average. The study compares the legislative codes of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, and contrasts maximum and minimum burglary sentences, as well as maximum fines, as well as other factors. According to the study, Virginia has both the highest maximum fine for burglary--$100,000--as well as the toughest maximum prison sentence--life in prison.

French bulldog, pups worth
$80,000 stolen in Florida
Reuters, by Zachary Fagenson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/3/2014 3:55:06 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI, Florida - A Miami man returned from a New Year´s Eve celebration to find his prize French bulldog and two litters of puppies, valued at $80,000, stolen from his home, police said. The missing dogs include El Che, who is named after Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and won awards at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2010 and the French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Show in 2009, according to owner Marcelo Cicuta. While Cicuta was ringing in the new year at a friend´s kennel, thieves broke into his house and likely used a pillowcase to carry

Colts, Packers avoid TV blackouts
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/3/2014 3:47:09 PM     Post Reply
The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers announced Friday that their weekend playoff games were sellouts, helping them avoid local television blackouts. The Colts host Kansas City on Saturday and the Packers host San Francisco on Sunday in wild-card games. The Cincinnati Bengals had until late Friday afternoon to sell remaining tickets for Sunday´s playoff game against San Diego. Normally, teams must sell out 72 hours before kickoff to have a game broadcast in the local market. The NFL gave the Colts, Bengals and Packers one more day to do it. Retailer Meijer bought 1,200 Colts-Chiefs tickets and will distribute

Doctor’s Office Spends 2 Hours
On Hold With Health Insurer
For Patient’s Surgery Authorization
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2014 3:35:53 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO — The new year brought relief to some Illinois patients newly insured under the nation’s health care law. Others still weren’t sure whether they were covered, despite their best efforts to navigate the often-balky new system. The major benefits of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul took effect Wednesday, the first day of 2014. By Thursday, the first business day of the new insurance system, it became clear that snags in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act still remained. On the plus side, the law’s protections mean consumers can no longer be denied coverage if they’re in poor



Kim Jong-Un killed his ´scum´ uncle by
stripping him naked, throwing him into
a cage and leaving him to be eaten
alive by a pack of 120 starving dogs
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:59:06 PM     Post Reply
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un sentenced his uncle to be eaten alive by a pack of 120 wild dogs in a savage punishment for treachery, it has been claimed. Jang Song-Thaek, 67, along with five close aides, was stripped naked and thrown into a cage of hounds which had been starved for three days, according to new details emerging from China. The pack of animals spent more than an hour mauling the group in a punishment called ´quan jue´, or execution by dogs, a report in Chinese newspaper Wen Wei Po said. The tyranical leader of the communist state had

Obama plays eight rounds of golf
but spares only four minutes to visit
grandfather´s grave on Hawaii vacation
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:54:41 PM     Post Reply
President Obama took a break from the golf course during his Hawaii vacation yesterday to make a brief visit to his grandfather´s grave. The president, who has played eight rounds of golf since arriving on December 20, spent just four minutes at the grave of Stanley Dunham. His motorcade then left the National Memorial Cemetery and took Mr Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha to the zoo for a private tour. It took 30 minutes for the First Family to be driven from their vacation home to the cemetery, where they stayed for just a few minutes, according to the

New ´flat´ light bulb that lasts 22 YEARS
is as bright as a traditional 60W
one (and will save you £80)
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:45:45 PM     Post Reply
The days of fumbling in the dark to replace a light bulb could soon be a thing of the past--or at least a very rare occurrence--thanks to a new innovation. A new style of light bulb that is flatter, more energy efficient and lasts over 22 years is set to go on sale. Philips’ SlimStyle light bulb promises a comparable brightness to a 60W incandescent bulb instantly--with no annoying wait for the bulb to ‘warm up’. The Dutch electronics manufacturer said the improvement to energy efficient light bulbs, which are often criticised for being more expensive and duller than classic

O´Reilly: NY Times´ Benghazi Report Is
´Pure Bull,´ Meant to Help Clinton
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2014 2:45:33 PM     Post Reply
In his Talking Points Memo Thursday night, Bill O´Reilly went after the "seriously flawed" New York Times report that concluded al Qaeda was not involved in the Benghazi attack. He called it "pure bull" for the paper to claim that the attack was not "meticulously planned" and was actually a response to an anti-Islam video. O´Reilly specifically called out the Times reporters for not mentioning a Pentagon report from prior to the attack that highlighted links between Ansar al-Shariah - the group blamed for the attack - and al Qaeda.



Now 78 gypsies facing eviction from
illegal camp claim their CHILDREN´S
‘human rights’ mean they should stay
put (and you´ll foot the £200,000 bill)
Daily Mail [UK], by Rob Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:29:53 PM     Post Reply
A group of gypsies who were facing eviction from their illegal camp are claiming it would breach their childrens´ human rights if they are forced to move on. The 78 Irish travellers--who hail from just four families--were told to leave their camp in Hardhorn, Lancashire, by the Court of Appeal in October. A four-year legal battle has already left taxpayers with an estimated legal bill of £200,000. [Snip] The gypsies moved in four years ago after launching what neighbours said was a ´military-style operation´ after the council offices had closed for the weekend in November 2009. One local said: ´If

In season 4, ‘Downton Abbey’
tries to stick to its knitting
Washington Post, by Hank Stuever    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 2:21:46 PM     Post Reply
Something about “Downton Abbey” died with Matthew Crawley last year. Oops — sorry if you didn’t yet know about poor Matthew, but honestly, how long must the rest of us keep quiet about it? Let’s make a deal: This is a review of Season 4, which begins its American broadcast Sunday night on PBS stations. It will be necessary to mention one or two things that happen, but I promise to tread ever-so-lightly and somewhat unspecifically over the details. (Too late, you’re gone. I completely understand.) Anyhow, dead Matthew. And this weird, wonderful show that, when boiled down, is just

What on Earth were they thinking?
Shocking pictures from around the British
coastline show people dicing with death
just INCHES from monster waves
Daily Mail [UK], by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:20:58 PM     Post Reply
Police have been forced to step in and move foolhardy weather-watchers away from the shore amidst fears that people were endangering themselves by getting too close to giant waves during a day of stormy weather. A family in Cornwall narrowly escaped being swept into the sea when a 20ft wave washed over them as they were walking along a sea wall. And a group of young men in Shoreham, Sussex risked their lives by playing around on the narrow ledge of a wall as waves crashed around them. The Environment Agency criticised people who lined the shore to watch the waves battering

For rent in South Dakota:
Storage facilities where you can
shelter your wealth forever
Washington Post, by Zachary R. Mider    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2014 2:12:21 PM     Post Reply
Among the nation’s billionaires, one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate right now is a quiet storefront in Sioux Falls, S.D. A branch of Chicago’s Pritzker family rents space here, down the hall from the Minnesota clan that controls the Radisson hotel chain, and other rooms held by Miami and Hong Kong money. Don’t look for any heiresses in this former five-and-dime. Most days, the small offices that represent these families are shut. Even empty, they provide their owners with an important asset — a South Dakota address for their trust funds.

Kelseyville teen creates project
to help foster children
Lake County News, by Elizabeth Larson    Original Article
Posted By: konocti95- 1/3/2014 2:11:52 PM     Post Reply
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Most people start off a new year with big personal goals, but one local teenager has a challenging new project going into 2014 meant to benefit others. Fourteen-year-old Erica Illg of Kelseyville has launched her “Backpacks for Foster Kids” project. [Snip] For her Emerald Star project – which also is a project under the “Revolution of Responsibility” program – she has decided to raise funds in order to provide backpacks to children when they´re placed in foster care. She and her younger sister, 13-year-old Kimberly, came up with the idea after seeing, firsthand, the challenges that foster children face.


Bolivian President Touts
Nuclear Power Program
Latin American Herald Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2014 2:03:39 PM     Post Reply
LA PAZ – Bolivia will have a nuclear power industry in the near future, President Evo Morales said Wednesday during a military ceremony in the central region of Cochabamba. “I want to tell you, we are not far ... from having atomic energy because we have sufficient prime material and we have the right,” the head of state said. Bolivia has uranium deposits, though they have yet to be quantified or thoroughly evaluated. Morales said in late October that Bolivia was getting assistance from France and Argentina in developing nuclear energy for power and medical purposes.

The Jewish State and the Story
the Palestinians Hold Dear
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman    Original Article
Posted By: jpundit- 1/3/2014 1:31:43 PM     Post Reply
In her “Memo from Jerusalem” in the New York Times, Jodi Rudoren asserts that “in recent weeks,” Benjamin Netanyahu has “catapulted to the fore” an issue “even more intractable than old ones like security and settlements: a demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.” (Snip) The issue, however, was not recently “catapulted to the fore” by Netanyahu; it is an issue that long pre-dates him; and it goes to the heart of whether the “peace process” is about peace.

Chinese icebreaker trapped in
Antarctica after rescuing
passengers from Russian vessel
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2014 1:31:04 PM     Post Reply
The Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue 52 passengers from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice found itself stuck in heavy ice, further complicating the 9-day “roller-coaster” rescue operation. “Snow Dragon” (Xue Long) had ferried the passengers from the stranded Russian ship to an Australian icebreaker late on Thursday. But it now has concerns about its own ability to move through heavy ice, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said. “It will attempt to maneuver through the ice when tidal conditions are most suitable during the early hours of 4 January 2014,” AMSA said. ”Xue Long notified AMSA at 1pm AEDT this

Remittances Sent to Mexico
Fall 4.5% in First 11 Months of 2013
Latin American Herald Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2014 1:28:05 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY – Mexico received $19.8 billion in remittances from emigrants in the first 11 months of 2013, down 4.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012, the Bank of Mexico said Thursday. Mexico received $20.73 billion in remittances during the January-November 2012 period, the central bank said. Remittances totaled $1.693 billion in November 2013, up 0.05 percent from November 2012, when $1.692 billion in remittances flowed into the country. This was the fourth consecutive month that the figure was positive, with a 13-month negative trend ending in August 2013.

Obamacare puts nation on
path to rationed care
Boston Herald, by Tom Shattuck    Original Article
Posted By: calvincaspian- 1/3/2014 1:24:41 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare is a tumor and believe it or not, the website is the more benign portion of the ailment. Yes, with HealthCare.gov, President Obama has done what Y2K failed to do — paralyzed a vast swath of the American economy. Adding insult to injury is the hard truth that a great portion of the population was driven to the poisonous portal under threat of IRS action. But trudging through a transaction rife with technical difficulties is by no means the most pernicious condition Obamacare presses millions of Americans into. The real impending tragedy of Obamacare is the law itself. That malignant expanse includes the ultimate nightmare of a rationed care.

Obama Proposes Firearm
Background Check Changes
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 1:21:58 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims to clarify terminology used by federal law to prohibit people from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons. The administration said states have complained that some wording is ambiguous, making it difficult to determine who should be blocked from buying a weapon. A second proposed rule change would allow hospitals and other entities covered by patient privacy provisions to submit additional

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