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´They Died for Nothing?´ ´Lone Survivor´
Marcus Luttrell Takes on CNN´s
Jake Tapper in Tense Interview
Townhall, by Leah Barkoukis    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/12/2014 6:56:16 PM     Post Reply
Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell has been making the rounds promoting the movie “Lone Survivor,” a personal account of the failed SEAL Team 10 mission to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader in Afghanistan. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, however, things got pretty tense. Check out the clip below and see if you think Tapper was out of line or if the exchange simply reflects the difference between how a civilian feels when watching the film versus how a soldier feels, as Tapper suggests. “One of the emotions I felt while watching was, first of all, the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was,” Tapper

Bill Clinton finds gold
chasing wellness for all
Desert Sun [Palm Springs, CA], by Larry Bohannan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 5:37:55 PM     Post Reply
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Sitting in his office in a cold, overcast New York City, former President Bill Clinton laughs that at one time he didn´t understand the allure of Southern California. "When I was a kid, we had a lot of retirees in Arkansas because they liked to come down from the Midwest because it was basically warm, but we still had four seasons," Clinton recalled. "I could never figure out why people went to Southern California and Florida to retire. I get it now." Clinton said he can´t wait to get to the desert this week, both for

Seahawks block game ticket sales
to California, 43 other states
San Francisco Chronicle, by Kevin Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 5:28:44 PM     Post Reply
The good feelings between the 49ers and Seahawks could never last. Fans from both teams decided to donate money to children’s hospitals in Seattle and San Francisco last week. Now, the Seahawks are limiting ticket sales to just six states and the Canadian Provinces. Only credit cards with addresses from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii will be allowed to buy tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship between the 49ers and Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. That’s it. Please notice that California was not on that list.(Snip)Niner fans are known for traveling. This season several road stadiums were packed

  


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Exclusive: Iran to get first
$550 million of blocked
$4.2 billion on February 1
Reuters, by Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 5:20:56 PM     Post Reply
Iran would receive the first $550 million installment of a total of $4.2 billion in previously blocked overseas funds on or about February 1, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. Under a November 24 nuclear agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program. Some payments are contingent on Iran diluting its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium to no more than 5 percent enriched uranium. The U.S. official, who spoke on

´You remind me of us many years ago´:
Widower buys young couple dinner
and leaves touching note explaining
how they remind him of his wife
of 43 years who died of cancer
Daily Mail (UK), by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 4:28:18 PM     Post Reply
A grieving man recently widowed was so moved by seeing a young couple enjoying each other´s company while out dining on Tuesday that he paid for their meal in a very generous ‘pay it forward’ gesture. The heart-warming incident happened at an unnamed restaurant in Barrie, Ontario, where Lee Ballantyne was dining alone for the first time since his wife Carol had passed away from cancer on December 30. As Lee watched the young couple and reflected on his 43 years of marriage he was so inspired that he wrote the couple a touching note on a napkin and paid

Palin: ´Not Surprising´ Katie
Couric´s Show Got Canceled
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 4:20:26 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Katie Couric left two prominent shows at CBS and ABC because Americans just did not want to tune in to watch her. When Extra´s Mario Lopez asked Palin on Friday about the cancellation of Couric´s talk show, Palin said she remembered "getting a couple of texts that said things like, ´Oh sorry that it didn’t work out there at CBS or ABC.´" Palin was referring to Couric´s departure from CBS after ratings for the network´s evening newscast tanked with Couric as the anchor. "That wasn´t real surprising because the ratings were going in the

Arizona´s Maricopa County
Republicans Censure John McCain
for Abandoning Values
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 4:16:27 PM     Post Reply
The Maricopa County Republican Party in Arizona formally censured Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Saturday evening by an overwhelming 1150-351 vote, Breitbart News has learned. Maricopa County is Arizona´s most populous county and includes Phoenix within its borders. The official GOP body´s rebuke undermines McCain´s reelection chances should he decide to run for the Senate again in 2016. “As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates,” the formal censure resolution reads. “Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced

  


  

How the Blair government paid for the
subversion of our state broadcaster
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 3:57:44 PM     Post Reply
So now we know yet another reason why the BBC is so biased in its reporting on climate change: because in 2006 the Labour government effectively paid it to be so. It was a £67,000 grant from the Department for International Development (DFID) which paid for the notorious, secret high-level seminar at which the BBC was persuaded to abandon all pretence at neutrality on the global warming issue. I expect the BBC´s environmental analyst Roger Harrabin just can´t wait to get his teeth into this major scandal. Oh no, wait, I forgot: Harrabin was the seminar´s organiser. (Don´t worry, Rog.

The Gates of Hell: Obama
and Clinton Are Cooked
PJ Media, by Barry Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/12/2014 2:54:08 PM     Post Reply
For the last five years, I have waited for the other shoe to drop. In 2008, the American people elected an incompetent and foolish president, Obama. President Obama knew that he could only trust a handcuffed politician and loyalist like Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. He then later appointed the pompous John Kerry to fill this capacity. Yet this “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” was a ticking time bomb. Three strikes and you’re out. Let me list them: Obama: incompetent and disinterested [sic] in policy (president). Clinton: interested in policy but a potential rival politician, so she could not

If You Ever Had Any Doubt the
Media is Biased on Climate, This
Should End Your Doubt
NewsBusters, by Amy Ridenour    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/12/2014 2:51:34 PM     Post Reply
The indefatigable David Rose of Britain´s Daily Mail, working with British climate blogger Tony Newberry, has today exposed bias in news reporting of climate change of a scale heretofore unknown, even for that never-accurately-covered subject. He reveals that, in a move orchestrated by the BBC itself and a left-wing lobby group, the British government under the Labor Party paid for BBC personnel to be taught the left-wing, pro-alarmist spin on climate issues for the specific purpose of using the "news" as propaganda. The seminar project was run by a BBC "journalist." A single seminar, paid for by British taxpayers, cost 67,000 pounds

George Washington Bridge Scandal Documents
Reveal Chaos, Cover-up and Cursing
New York Magazine, by Caroline Bankoff    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/12/2014 2:13:16 PM     Post Reply
In Friday afternoon, over 900 documents from the investigation into the Chris Christie administration´s George Washington Bridge scandal were released. The materials do not appear to contain any evidence directly linking the New Jersey governor to the decision to shut down the two of the bridge´s lanes as an act of political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey (or, possibly, another political rival). However, they do offer glimpses of the chaos caused by the apparently pointless four-day closures and administration´s attempts to contain the resulting controversy, as well as Christie administration officials´ tendency to use curse words

  


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Biden to lead delegation to Sharon funeral
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 1:56:09 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who is also chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will join Vice President Joseph R. Biden in the presidential delegation attending the state funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the White House said Sunday. President Obama also selected for the delegation Rep. Eliot Engel, New York Democrat; Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel; and Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel. Mr. Sharon died Saturday at age 85 after eight years in a coma due to a stroke. A state memorial ceremony is planned for Monday in Israel, with world

Beverly Hills Dermatologist
American Spectator, by Ben Stein    Original Article
Posted By: jj1319- 1/12/2014 1:43:34 PM     Post Reply
Monday For many years now, I have endured a mild skin disorder, rarely fatal. I usually am monitored by a fine doctor in Rancho Mirage. But I wanted a dermatologist near our home in Beverly Hills, so I asked around and got a reference for a Dr. Wang, as I will call him. (Not his real name.) This afternoon, I entered his tiny waiting room, introduced myself to the young women behind the counter and smiled. The women asked me to fill out several forms, which I did and handed them back.

Enrollees at Health Exchanges
Face Struggle to Prove Coverage
New York Times, by ROBERT PEAR and ABBY GOODNOUGH    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/12/2014 1:19:13 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Paul D. Donahue and his wife, Angela, are among more than a million Americans who have signed up for health coverage through the federal insurance exchange. Mr. Donahue has a card in his wallet from his insurer to prove it. But when he tried to use it to get a flu shot and fill prescriptions this week, local pharmacies could not confirm his coverage, so he left without his medications. Similar problems are occurring daily in doctors’ offices and drugstores around the country as consumers try to use insurance coverage that took effect on Jan. 1 under the

Robert Gates: ‘I Agreed With
All the President’s Decisions
on Afghanistan’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 1:16:09 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Face the Nation Sunday morning that he had no regrets about the timing or tone of his forthcoming memoir Duty, excerpts of which stirred up controversy in some quarters this week about President Barack Obama’s faith in his Afghanistan strategy. “With the experience and perspective of working for eight presidents and having been secretary for four-and-a-half years, I didn’t think that waiting until 2017 to weigh into these issues made any sense,” said Gates, who is recovering from a neck injury. While many have read the excerpts as critical of Obama’s foreign policy, Gates

  


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Priebus Battles Gregory: At
Least Christie Fires People,
Obama ‘Doubles Down’ on Them
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 1:12:00 PM     Post Reply
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sparred with Meet the Press host David Gregory on Sunday morning over whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie should be held liable for creating a “culture” in his administration that encouraged political retribution, as the chairman had said President Barack Obama should be with regards to the IRS scandal. “He trusted people that lied to him and he fired those people,” Priebus said. “The president doubles down on Eric Holder, he doubles down on Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner and Susan Rice. It’s the opposite effect.” “There’s some deflection going on here,” Gregory said. “You said

California farms lead the way
in almond production
Los Angeles Times, by David Pierson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 12:04:36 PM     Post Reply
One of California´s top ambassadors often comes lightly salted and travels in a vacuum-sealed can. Eat an almond anywhere in the world and chances are that it was grown in the Golden State. California produces 82% of the globe´s almonds, harvesting about 800,000 acres of the tree nut across a 400-mile stretch from northern Tehama County to southern Kern County. Fueling the boom is robust foreign demand, particularly from emerging consumer markets like China and India, where the industry has been promoting almonds as a healthful snack. About 70% of California´s almonds are sold overseas. That made the crunchy nut

Ersatz
PJ Media, by Richard Fernendez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/12/2014 11:53:39 AM     Post Reply
They said health rationing would never come, that if you liked your plan and doctor, you could keep it. They lied, and now that that’s over let’s move on. Since it’s the government’s doctor not yours any more, Maryland has announced a bold deal with state and federal officials not to treat people unnecessarily. (Snip) Of course much of the problem of overtreatment is one of government’s own making. Think tort law. One of the major reasons why American treatments cost so much is defensive medicine. Defensive medicine, also called defensive medical decision making, refers to the practice of recommending

NYT: Yeah, ObamaCare has made
the healthcare system a mess in 2014
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/12/2014 11:43:47 AM     Post Reply
The Associated Press first reported this developing and completely predictable problem earlier in the week. What happens when you pass a law that (a) causes the health-insurance cancellation for millions and then (b) forces them and millions more to use a disastrously-built web portal as a middeman to replace that coverage? Answer: You end up with millions of people flooding into providers without any idea whether they have coverage or whether their doctor will accept it. The New York Times confirmed this issue … for its Saturday edition, of course: In addition to the difficulties many face in proving they

Supreme Court to hear case on
Obama´s disputed NLRB appointments
Washington Examiner, by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/12/2014 11:41:27 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Monday is set to hear a bitter dispute between Republicans and the White House over whether President Obama exceeded his authority when appointing members to the National Labor Relations Board during a congressional recess. The justices´ decision could cast a legal cloud over hundreds of rulings by the board, which resolves complaints of unfair labor practices and conducts elections for labor union representation.

  



How Reading a Novel
Can Improve the Brain
ABC News, by Lee Dye    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/12/2014 11:38:31 AM     Post Reply
It´s amazing you can read these words. It took millions of years for humans, and our recent ancestors, to develop the visual and motor and auditory skills that let us function in the complex world we inhabit today. But in less than 5,000 years, a brief span in human history, we learned how to read. And that skill, or at least our understanding of it, is still evolving. Scientists are using some of their most sophisticated tools to peer inside the human brain to see what happens when we engage in the process of reading, and they are finding a number of surprises: --

Court weighs president´s recess
appointments power
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 11:27:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refereeing a politically charged dispute between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over the president´s power to temporarily fill high-level positions. The case being argued at the high court Monday is the first in the nation´s history to consider the meaning of the provision of the Constitution that allows the president to make temporary appointments to positions that otherwise require Senate confirmation, but only when the Senate is in recess. The court battle is an outgrowth of increasing partisanship and the political stalemate that´s been a hallmark of Washington for years, and especially since Obama took

Senior Tory MP reveals how
´spy in the pocket´ phones
track your every move
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Walters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 11:24:25 AM     Post Reply
The extent to which mobile phones act as ‘spies in our pockets’ has been exposed by a senior Tory MP. Former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis discovered how closely we can be watched when he asked his phone provider for the information it held on him – and found it could track his every move. Mr Davis investigated after American whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the security services were forcing phone companies to hand over data on their customers. The campaigning MP, who writes about his discoveries in today’s Mail on Sunday, says the list of times and co-ordinates – known as metadata

State leaders closely watch
migrating millionaires
San Francisco Chronicle, by Kathleen Pender    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/12/2014 11:18:08 AM     Post Reply
When golfer Phil Mickelson hinted last January that he might leave California because of a big jump in his federal and state tax rates, it was met with such venom that he later apologized, saying it was insensitive to state his opinion publicly when people are living paycheck to paycheck. Mickelson still lives in California, but other wealthy people say they have moved out mainly or partly because of skyrocketing tax rates. (Snip) In 2011, the top 1 percent of tax returns accounted for 41 percent of the state´s personal income tax revenues, and that was before Proposition 30 raised rates

Welcome to ‘The Year of the Happy Hacker’
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/12/2014 11:16:31 AM     Post Reply
The year 2014 is destined to go down as ‘The Year of the Happy Hacker’. Never have hackers, who turn mega profits on millions of unprotected, unwitting consumers, had it so good. Today it’s Target Corp and Neiman Marcus and as yet unnamed smaller retailers. They’re only the latest on a growing long list that includes online giant Adobe’s 2.9-million customers’ 2013 data breach. In 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported a broad new hacking attack with the personal data of 2,500 companies being breached.The government’s not doing anything about it, because some of the power brokers of the day

Iraq: Deadly blast at
Baghdad bus station
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 11:14:14 AM     Post Reply
A car bomb has killed at least nine people and wounded others at a bus station in central Baghdad. The bomb went off on Sunday morning outside the station in the Allawi area, local police said. Last Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up among army recruits in the same area, killing 23 people. Political tensions and violence have escalated in Iraq. The UN says 2013 was the deadliest year for five years, with more than 8,800 people killed. No group has yet admitted carrying out the bus station attack. The violence comes days after the UN´s envoy to Iraq warned of a "critical humanitarian

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