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U.S. to speed up deliveries of
missiles and drones to Iraq as
Baghdad battles Al Qaeda resurgence
Agence France Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:56:21 PM     Post Reply
The US is to speed up deliveries of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq as the Baghdad government battles a resurgence of Al Qaeda linked militants. Joe Biden, the US vice president, spoke by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki yesterday and ´expressed concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists,´ a statement said. The Pentagon said Washington would accelerate the delivery of 100 more Hellfire missiles - which were due to be sent to Iraq in the next few months. Colonel Steven Warren said an additional 10 ScanEagle surveillance drones would also be delivered. Hellfire missiles, originally designed

Cheesy shortage: Kraft says
Velveeta running low
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/7/2014 6:53:39 PM     Post Reply
Playoff parties may have one fewer dip option this year. Kraft Foods says some customers may not be able to find Velveeta cheese over the next few weeks. A representative for the company, Jody Moore, didn´t give any reasons for the apparent shortage, saying only that they happen from time to time given the "nature of manufacturing." She noted that the lack of availability is more noticeable because of the seasonal demand during the NFL playoffs. The company has been airing TV commercials featuring a recipe for a chili con queso dip made with Velveeta. Moore says it should be

So cold the fountains are freezing
in Florida! Half the US battles coldest
day in decades as polar vortex brings
-62F temperatures
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:38:41 PM     Post Reply
Brutal, life-threatening cold descended over the East and the South, sending the mercury plummeting on Tuesday into the single digits and teens from New York and Washington to Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham - where many people have little experience in dealing with freezing weather. After pounding the Midwest and Great Lakes over the weekend, snow from winter storm Ion started to move into the East on Tuesday. The morning weather map for the eastern half of the U.S. was dotted with lots of small, negative numbers with the Midwest and the East were colder than much of Antarctica. The historic freeze shuttered schools,



Devastating moment light aircraft crash
lands into tarmac and turns into giant
fireball killing two… but not the pilot
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ted Thornhill    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:26:23 PM     Post Reply
A pilot made a miraculous escape from a plane crash in Iceland that killed the other two occupants – and footage of the incident has been released for the first time. The shocking footage shows the aircraft – an ambulance plane – banking hard and at speed, with no landing gear visible, above a runway in Akureyri. It quickly loses altitude as it passes the camera – fixed inside a truck – and careers into the ground, creating a gigantic fireball. A watching member of the ground crew in the foreground is momentarily frozen with shock, before he runs, with another man,

Four U.S. crew feared dead as
military helicopter crashes in UK
Reuters, by Michael Holden    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 6:25:49 PM     Post Reply
LONDON- Four crew on board a U.S. military helicopter were feared dead after their aircraft crashed in eastern England during a routine training operation on Tuesday, police and U.S. officials said. The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing based at the nearby U.S. air base RAF Lakenheath, went down at about 1800 GMT on the north Norfolk coast, a rural area about 130 miles northeast of London. "We can confirm that one of our HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters went down outside Cley during a low-level flying exercise," said a spokesman at the U.S. base. "The conditions of the four

You think THIS is cold? Black-and-white
photographs reveal New Yorkers battling
sub-zero temperatures through the decades
- including city´s coldest ever day in 1934
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:15:22 PM     Post Reply
Today´s biting temperatures in New York City may be breaking records - but they´ve got nothing on the freezing winds that rattled through the city 80 years ago. Black-and-white photographs capture New Yorkers huddling together for warmth during the city´s coldest day on record - February 9, 1934, when it was 15 degrees below zero. Other images taken throughout the last century reveal the untold hardships on the homeless, commuters and workers as they battled snow-covered streets and icy winds on winter days. Some images show the beauty of the city dusted in snow - including horseback riders taking a trail through Central

Latest fatwa from Iran: No
online chatting between sexes
Fox News, by Lisa Daftari    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 6:12:24 PM     Post Reply
The latest religious edict from Iran´s supreme leader takes aim at the Islamic Republic´s lonely hearts. Online chatting between men and women on social networks is forbidden under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei´s latest fatwa, delivered ironically enough on his website in answer to a question sent by email. The top mullah´s reasoning is that such contact could eventually lead to activities prohibited by Islam. “Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted,” Khamenei wrote. Khamenei often delivers fatwas on his website, but the latest one could further expose the spiritual and generational rift between the nation´s web-savvy youth and the



Benghazi mom: ‘Why
won’t Hillary talk?’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 6:02:18 PM     Post Reply
The mother of an American killed during the terrorist attack in Benghazi continues to pressure top Obama administration officials — particularly former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — for answers. “If it’s not Hillary, why doesn’t somebody tell me something?” she asked Tuesday on Fox News. Patricia Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an American diplomat killed along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and two U.S. security personnel during an attack on a U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

Surprise: Obama Administration
´At least A Month´ Behind
Schedule on 2015 Budget
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/7/2014 5:58:44 PM     Post Reply
Botched deadlines and sloppy governance are hallmarks of Barack Obama´s presidency. Every president is required by statute to submit a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year by the first Monday in February. For the fifth time in six years, Obama will fail to meet this core governing responsibility (via Congressional Quarterly): The White House is said to be at least a month behind its own schedule for developing a fiscal 2015 budget, which by statute is supposed to be submitted to Congress on the first Monday in February. That will slow work on next year’s spending bills, even though

Robert Gates: Obama White House
‘offended’ Hillary Clinton
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 5:53:34 PM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told President Barack Obama she opposed the troop surge in Iraq because of concerns that it could hurt her in the 2008 presidential primary, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates writes in a new book, which says that Obama also “vaguely” acknowledged politics factored into his stance against the surge. “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary,” writes Gates in his forthcoming memoir, according to an early writeup of the book by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.

Mónica Spear: UCF grad, former
Miss Venezuela killed by armed
Orlando Sentinel [Florida], by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/7/2014 5:46:31 PM     Post Reply
Mónica Spear, a 29-year-old former Miss Venezuela who used to live in Orlando, was gunned down along with her ex-husband while vacationing in the South American nation, authorities said on Tuesday. Spear, who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in theater, was also a soap-opera actress. Spear and her ex-husband, Henry Berry, 39, died late Monday in an attempted robbery on the highway between Puerto Cabello and Valencia in central Venezuela.



2017: The Obama
Regime in Exile
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 5:06:29 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Here´s Bob in Coronado, California, as we head back to the phones. Hi, Bob. CALLER: Hi. Today Obama changes any aspect of Obamacare by fiat. My question is, why can´t a Republican president, when elected in 2016, undo any aspects of the Affordable Care Act by fiat or executive order just as Obama´s doing it now? We could eliminate the IRS involvement with health care, could rescind union waivers, eliminate any useless bureaucracy, and just do it by fiat. I mean, it would give the libs a complete conniption. RUSH: So you think two wrongs make a right? CALLER: Well, I think

Empty promises, warmed-over
Marxism seduce NYC
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/7/2014 5:00:19 PM     Post Reply
The life and times of Bill de Blasio, the new mayor of New York City, reads like a satire from the typewriter of Evelyn Waugh. His Honor could have been a minor character in “Scoop,” Waugh’s classic send-up of newspaper journalism and bungling do-gooders stumbling across the margins of the real world. He’s a perfect fit in the scurvy precincts of Gotham’s radical left-wing politics. Unlike his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, Mr. de Blasio has never had a real job, preferring the fun and games of political campaigns and hanging on at City Hall, where making trouble for people is a profitable

Group unveils Satan statue
design for Oklahoma
Associated Press, by Sean Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/7/2014 4:49:55 PM     Post Reply
OKLAHOMA CITY — A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist´s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that´s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him. "The monument has been designed to

Gates Slams Biden in Memoir,
Reveals He Nearly Quit
Time, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/7/2014 4:40:23 PM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has harsh words for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy judgement in his soon-to-be-released memoir.According to the New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the memoir, Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his record. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes, according to the Times. Gates, the only high-level holdover from the Bush administration to the President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, reveals he nearly quit his post in September 2009 while Obama reviewed his Afghanistan



Obama formally nominates Baucus
as ambassador to China
Washington Times (D.C), by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 4:36:57 PM     Post Reply
It was no secret that Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, was the White House’s pick to serve as the next American ambassador to China, but President Obama now has made that choice official. The president on Tuesday formally nominated Mr. Baucus, who has served in the Senate since 1978 and was planning to retire when his current term ends in 2015. The White House also put forth nine other nominees to serve in key posts. Perhaps most notably, Mr. Obama officially named Leon Rodriguez to serve as the next director of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. But like Mr. Baucus’

Christie signs N.J. ´Dream Act´ [video]
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Patricia Alex    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/7/2014 4:30:48 PM     Post Reply
Governor Christie held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday in Union City for legislation that allows some students in the country illegally to attend New Jersey’s state colleges and universities at resident rates. The legislature passed the tuition equality bill in a rushed lame duck session before the holidays, and Christie quickly and quietly signed it so that it could apply for the spring semester. The bill allows the students – who have lived here for at least three years and graduated from high schools in the state – to pay in-state tuition, which is about half the out-of-state rates

Obama to meet with chief critics,
defenders of NSA spying
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 4:30:08 PM     Post Reply
President Obama plans to huddle with top congressional critics and defenders of the National Security Agency´s surveillance programs this Thursday as he finalizes changes to the nation´s controversial spying policies before the end of the month. The White House is intentionally keeping the meeting small as Obama discusses his proposals to help make the sweeping spying programs more transparent and palatable to the public, National Journal first reported Tuesday. Obama has invited the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees, as well as some of the NSA´s top critics, including Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.,

1 killed, 3 injured in East Vail avalanche
KUSA-TV [Denver], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 1/7/2014 4:16:43 PM     Post Reply
One person was killed and three others injured in a large avalanche in East Vail Tuesday. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the avalanche was triggered in the backcountry area, near the treeline. Crews are attempting to rescue the victims from the mountain. The three hurt in the slide suffered non-life threatening injuries. This is a developing story. Stay with the networks of 9NEWS for more information.

Chinese gang arrested in raid on
filthy sheep factory where carcasses
´were injected with polluted POND
WATER to increase weight´
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2014 4:12:03 PM     Post Reply
Seven members of a Chinese gang have been arrested for allegedly injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to swell its weight and boost profits. The suspects slaughtered up to 100 sheep per day at an illegal warehouse and allegedly pumped up to 6kg of bacteria-ridden water into the dead animals, China Central Television (CCTV) reported. The meat was then sold at markets, food stalls and restaurants in major cities such as Guangzhou and Foshan. China has been hit by a number of food safety scandals, from deadly chemical-laced dairy products to recycled ´gutter oil´ used for cooking. Last week,


How Bob Gates’s memoir
could haunt Hillary in 2016
Washington Post, by CHRIS CILLIZZA    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/7/2014 4:05:32 PM     Post Reply
Bob Gates might just have handed Republicans (and maybe even a Democrat or two) an issue in their potential fight to keep Hillary Rodham Clinton from the presidency in 2016. In this May 1, 2011, image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at right with hand covering mouth, President Obama, second from left, Vice President Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, and members of the national security team watch an update on the mission against Osama bin

History of Hate: Five Years of
Falsehoods at NBC News
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 3:53:32 PM     Post Reply
Everyone acted surprised when we learned yesterday that after a couple of disastrous months, MSNBC is defiantly refusing to change their editorial process. But why would they? For years now, MSNBC and NBC News have both become a culture of left-wing hate and fraudulent editing. The only thing new, as you will see below, is that the frequency of the fraud and hate is increasing. What I´ve assembled here isn´t anything close to comprehensive, but it is a revealing top ten: 1. In August of 2009, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer sliced and diced a photograph so it wouldn´t look like a

Here´s an Idea: Just Give Democrats What
They Want and Get the Issue Off the Table
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 3:42:41 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: This is Dick Durbin, senator from Illinois, this morning in Washington on the Senate floor right out of the Democrat Playbook 101. DURBIN: They don´t get it! They say we should be talking about creating jobs. What about creating some food in the bellies of children? This is basic, and it´s humane. It used to be bipartisan before the Tea Party takeover of the Republican Party. I hope there are enough moderates left on the Republican side to join us, to make this a bipartisan issue again. Helping people keep their families together, the lights on, the heat in their

Obama Fiddles While the Economy Burns
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 3:35:12 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Folks, you´ve heard the old saying, "Nero fiddled while Rome burned." That is true. Rome was literally burning, and he could not have cared less. What people have forgotten about it is that Nero, he didn´t just fiddle while Rome burned; he started the fire. Nero wanted to burn down Rome in order to rebuild it in his own image. But to cover it up he blamed the Christians, who were then subsequently thrown to the lions. Now, on my first trip to Rome, the tour guide told me that didn´t happen. He was interested in Rome not having

Progressives Flunking Income Inequality Test
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 3:32:04 PM     Post Reply
For progressives, the buzzy phrase of the moment is income inequality. President Obama plans to make it the focus of his upcoming State of the Union address after sermonizing about the issue in December. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made it the centerpiece of his campaign and the theme of his inauguration ceremony. Freshman Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren gained national celebrity because of her outspoken criticism of moneyed interests. But as these politicians are invoking the issue for political gain, they´re avoiding one prescription that has proven to be a time-tested path to economic mobility—increasing access to quality

Surrounded by Victims of His Own Economic
Destruction, the President Says Paying People
Not to Work Creates Jobs
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 3:29:56 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: All right. So the Washington soap opera is in full swing, ladies and gentlemen. The president´s been speaking for the last 20 minutes, 25, 30, whatever on the morality and the economics of extending emergency unemployment benefits, anything to get Obamacare off the front page and get Obamacare off the radar. Now we´ve got to extend unemployment benefits. It´s nothing more than the news agenda being recycled. It´s just flat-out amazing. If what he just said is true, we ought to just stop anybody working and put everybody on unemployment, and that´s how to get a recovery. Hey, folks, Rush

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