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Hope and Change in the Vatican
Daily Beast, by Jon Favreau    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 12:38:01 PM     Post Reply
Pope Francis, the first Pope from a developing nation, sees the world through the eyes of the poor and dispossessed. Add my name to the long list of souls who have leapt aboard the Pope Francis bandwagon. The People’s Pontiff might just provide the most hopeful development for world affairs in 2014. I have a longstanding personal interest here. Growing up in a small, middle-class suburb of Boston, my religious education was largely based on the traditional Catholic pillars of guilt, shame, and fear. The main message of every mass was to show up at mass more often. The primary focus of

Rise of the exorcists in Catholic Church
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Squires    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/4/2014 12:37:11 PM     Post Reply
Forty years after The Exorcist scared the wits out of cinema audiences around the world, the Roman Catholic Church is training up a new generation of priests to meet a growing demand for exorcisms. Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil. The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of

Five Economic Reforms
Millennials Should Be Fighting For
Rolling Stone, by Jesse A. Myerson    Original Article
Posted By: randyspencer49- 1/4/2014 12:07:26 PM     Post Reply
It´s a new year, but one thing hasn´t changed: The economy still blows. Five years after Wall Street crashed, America´s banker-gamblers have only gotten richer, while huge swaths of the country are still drowning in personal debt, tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed – and the new jobs being created are largely low-wage, sub-contracted, part-time grunt work.

  


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´Duck Dynasty´ star Phil Robertson´s
book sales spike following controversy
Christian Science Monitor, by Molly Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2014 11:52:17 AM     Post Reply
´´Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who aroused ire following the release of an interview in which he made controversial comments about homosexuality and race relations, experienced increased sales for his book "Happy, Happy, Happy" in the days after the interview hit national news. (Snip) Between the week ending on Dec. 15 and the week ending on Dec. 22, sales for "Happy" increased by 86 percent, according to Publishers Weekly. "Happy" publisher Simon & Schuster elected to continue selling the title after Robertson´s comments were released. Jonathan Merkh of Howard Books, the imprint of S&S which released the title, told Publishers

Obama To Hold Photo-Op With
Americans Who Lost Unemployment Benefits
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:44:23 AM     Post Reply
As part of an effort to pressure Republicans into extending federal aid for three more months, Obama will hold a photo-op at the White House with Ameicans who lost their unemployment benefits at the start of the year. Obama´s "in your face radical" Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced the event during a conference call with reporters. Via The Washington Examiner: “This was not only the right thing to do; it was the smart thing to do,” Perez said of the economic repercussions of halting the jobless benefits. You know what I´d like to see? I´d like to see the president

WWII fighter pilot who flew
THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to
take down a German plane dies
in Virginia aged 92
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:25:53 AM     Post Reply
A World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for dramatically flying beneath the Eiffel Tower´s arches to take down a German aircraft has died aged 92. William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death. Overstreet´s famously flew his P-51C ´Berlin Express´ beneath the Eiffel Tower in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, which has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. For his valiant service, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France´s

Ship of Warmist Fools
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/4/2014 11:22:03 AM     Post Reply
Warmist dupes and true believers in the media are having a very hard time with the hilarious spectacle of a ship of literal fools who were so deluded by the warmist cult as to believe it was safe to venture into the Antarctic waters in a vessel that was not an icebreaker. The "scientific expedition" was intended to document the comparative paucity of ice in the area first explored by Douglas Mawson a century ago. As nearly everyone connected to the media on the planet now knows, the Spirit of Mawson voyage, as the organizers dubbed their chartered Russian ship

  


  

Melissa Harris-Perry Breaks
Down On Air While Addressing
Kieran Romney Controversy
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:13:34 AM     Post Reply
A perfect storm of slow news and cultural provocation elevated Melissa Harris-Perry‘s New Year’s weekend segment, which used Kieran Romney‘s appearance in a Romney family photo as a setup for jokes about diversity, into a full-blown media conflagration. That firestorm has now roiled into a second weekend. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) is expected to address the controversy tomorrow on Fox News Sunday, and Melissa Harris Perry addressed it on air for the first time on the Saturday morning edition of the Melissa Harris Perry show. (Snip) All involved issued a raft of online apologies of varying scope and

Showing How Government Fails
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 1/4/2014 11:07:48 AM     Post Reply
The debacle of ObamaCare may do what conservatives have been trying to do for a long time: show ordinary Americans the depth of government incompetence. Businesses have grasped since FDR the sting of the quip "I´m from the government -- I´m here to help you." The hyper-regulation by the federal government of nearly every aspect of commerce and industry through an ever-growing leviathan of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and executive actions has stunted and even crippled huge swaths of private enterprise in America.

New York Times comes
out in favor of hunting
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:05:53 AM     Post Reply
The gun-hating, anti-hunting liberals at the New York Times editorial board are all in favor of hunting as long as the targets are deer whose exploding population is making life miserable for the rich and famous in the Hamptons. In a year-end editorial, the Gray Lady opined: In eastern Long Island, especially in and around the town of East Hampton, the privet hedges, gentle dunes and white-seashell paths present a vision of a natural world tamed and tailored to the high aesthetic standards of the finest fashion and home-décor magazines. It´s a bit of English countryside, but with bigger cars.

Health officials in Farmington weigh
in on early effects of Obamacare
The Daily Times (NM), by Leigh Black Irvin    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 1/4/2014 10:57:31 AM     Post Reply
FARMINGTON — Several months after enrollment in the health insurance marketplace portion of the Affordable Care Act was implemented, health care officials are seeing the effects of the new law on facilities, patients and the industry. Despite anticipating continued challenges posed by health care reform, San Juan Regional Medical Center CEO Rick Wallace remains optimistic that the Farmington hospital will continue to provide the same level of patient care under the act, which is often called Obamacare.
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Boeing vote a blow to Southern California
Los Angeles Times, by W.J. Hennigan & Maria L. La Ganga    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 10:55:34 AM     Post Reply
SEATTLE — By the slimmest of margins, aerospace giant Boeing Co.´s largest union approved a controversial contract proposal that cut benefits in exchange for decades of work in Puget Sound on a new jetliner. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, voted 51% Friday in favor of a contract to build the 777X, a more fuel-efficient version of its wide-body jet. It is the second time in two months that the union voted on a proposal by Boeing, the biggest private employer in the state with about

After the snow... a ´POLAR VORTEX´:
Nation braces for coldest temperatures in forty
years after blizzards grounded 5,000 flights
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 9:35:44 AM     Post Reply
Experts have warned that Friday´s freezing temperatures were simply a warm-up and that this weekend will bring a big chill for 140 million people--almost half the nation--that could prove fatal for the unprepared--and will continue through the winter. With the Northeast still reeling from the huge storm that dumped as much as two-feet of snow across the region and was responsible for the deaths of 13 people, a new weather system is threatening to bring record low temperatures to the Midwest as a polar vortex barrels over the United States. ´It´s the mother lode of cold air,´ said Weather Channel

From vacation, Obama tells Congress
to do something on unemployment
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/4/2014 9:22:24 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year. This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come — when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another. And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start. Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline — the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job.

The New York Times Destroys Obama
Townhall, by Caroline Glick    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 8:10:51 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times just delivered a mortal blow to the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Call it fratricide. It was clearly unintentional. Indeed, is far from clear that the paper realizes what it has done. Last Saturday the Times published an 8,000-word account by David Kirkpatrick detailing the terrorist strike against the US Consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. In it, Kirkpatrick tore to shreds the foundations of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy and his overall policy in the Middle East. Obama first enunciated those foundations in his June 4, 2009, speech to

  


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Schadenfreude is free;
Antarctic air-sea rescues are not
Legal Insurrection, by Leslie Eastman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 7:42:58 AM     Post Reply
Fans of Legal Insurrection will recognize I have been a denier for sometime, along with a group of scientists with whom I work closely on a variety of regulatory issues (hat-tip, Roger Cohen, Lorraine Yapps Cohen, Martin Fricke). In fact, it will be recalled that many of us believe the sun and its cycle are the most significant factor in climate change — and the fact that it is approaching an energy minimum while we are experiencing massive winter storms like Hercules would lead most reasonable people to conclude that this may be the better climate model. But who said global

Mayor De Blasio’s Horse
Policy Is a Pile of Manure
Daily Beast, by Nick Gillespie    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 7:13:26 AM     Post Reply
If historians debate whether Caligula’s apocryphal attempt to make his horse a consul of Rome signified serious mental illness or was just the emperor’s idea of a joke, contemporary New Yorkers should have no doubt that their new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is nuttier than a squirrel’s pile. Upon taking office, de Blasio has made it his absolute highest priority “to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City.” Seemingly paraphrasing Richard Crenna’s Col. Trautman in the first Rambo movie, he flatly told a pre-inauguration press conference, “It’s over.”

Tangled Role in G.O.P.
War Over Tea Party
New York Times, by Eric Lipton    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:57:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In the year since he stepped down from Congress, Steven C. LaTourette, a Republican from Ohio, has emerged as one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party. It is a role that has benefited the Main Street Partnership, a corporate-backed advocacy group he runs, and its effort to raise millions of dollars to protect centrist Republicans from Tea Party challengers. It has also helped draw clients to a separate lobbying office Mr. LaTourette and his wife have set up across the street from the Capitol. But this blitz of activity has led to complaints

Obama to Leave Hawaii for
Washington on Saturday
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 6:54:48 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama is planning his return to Washington after two weeks in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. White House officials say that the president and his family expect to depart Hawaii on Saturday night. The president´s vacation, spanning Christmas and New Year´s, is his longest to the islands during his presidency. He was born in Honolulu. Obama has spent most of his vacation playing golf and staying in a rented home in the sleepy suburb of Kailua on Oahu´s eastern coast. He has taken his daughters to the zoo and for shave ice and watched Oregon State play in the first

The Meadow Muffin
Canada Free Press, by Sarge    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/4/2014 6:26:02 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times told a story of Karl Rove’s Crossroads group. It spoke of it this way: “The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. …The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles.” The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American

  



Great news: Kim Jong-un’s uncle probably
not executed by 120 hungry dogs. We think.
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:18:52 AM     Post Reply
Probably not. That rumor swept the Twittertubes of late, but it’s based on an unsourced report from one of Hong Kong’s least-reliable tabloids, which is somewhat akin to being one of Barack Obama’s least-credible promises. Max Fisher explains: If you’ve been on the Internet at all today, you’ve almost certainly seen the story claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed last month by stripping him naked and feeding him to 120 hungry dogs. The story was first reported by a minor Hong Kong outlet on Dec. 12, was picked up by a Singaporean newspaper on Dec.

The Tea Party is an attitude,
and establishment Republicans
can’t squash it
Canada Free Press, by Herman Cain    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/4/2014 6:17:34 AM     Post Reply
The political dynamics as we head into 2014 seem ideal for Republicans. But we all know Republicans are experts at shooting themselves in the foot, largely because they seem intent on silencing the people who most believe in the ideals that are supposed to be those of the GOP. I’m talking specifically about the Tea Party, which the GOP establishment fears because we’re really talking about the divide between the political class and the working class. If you don’t believe the political class is distancing itself from the working class, you haven’t been paying attention. Look at all the ObamaCare

Benghazi reporter Kirkpatrick
showed his naked body to all in college
Daily Caller, by Charles C. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:16:54 AM     Post Reply
The author of the widely disputed New York Times article on Benghazi repeatedly posed naked as a Princeton student. Far from the moderate journalist pose he strikes now, David D. Kirkpatrick was a prominent campus progressive and activist. Kirkpatrick was arrested for lewd conduct, advocated for classes on pornography, and even posed for Playgirl. “Kinky” Kirkpatrick had a “rather unusual habit of disrobing for photographers in public places,” reported The Daily Princetonian in January 22, 1990. “I’ve never been afraid to drop trou when it seemed like the right thing to do,” Kirkpatrick said of a Playgirl photo shoot he

Public advocate caught in lie
over Times homeless story
New York Post, by Carl Campanile and Beth DeFalco    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:12:13 AM     Post Reply
She lied on her first day on the job — and got caught. Just hours after being sworn in as the city’s public advocate, Letitia James went on TV to claim that she played a key role in helping expose “the face of poverty in the City of New York” on the ‘front page of The New York Times. James, a former City Council member, said she had appointed a task force to examine conditions at the Auburn homeless shelter in her old Brooklyn district. When those conditions didn’t improve, James said, she acted to publicize the plight of Dasani Coates, a 12-year-old

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