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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ leak investigators
now target of leak probe

McClatchy Newspapers, by Marisa Taylor & Jonathan S. Landay

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/21/2013 5:47:43 AM

WASHINGTON — More than two years after sensitive information about the Osama bin Laden raid was disclosed to Hollywood filmmakers, Pentagon and CIA investigations haven’t publicly held anyone accountable despite internal findings that the leakers were former CIA Director Leon Panetta and the Defense Department’s top intelligence official. Instead, the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office is working to root out who might have disclosed the findings on Panetta and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers to a nonprofit watchdog group and to McClatchy. While the information wasn’t classified, the inspector general’s office has pursued the new inquiry aggressively, grilling its own investigators,

      


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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ leak investigators
now target of leak probe
McClatchy Newspapers, by Marisa Taylor & Jonathan S. Landay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:47:43 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — More than two years after sensitive information about the Osama bin Laden raid was disclosed to Hollywood filmmakers, Pentagon and CIA investigations haven’t publicly held anyone accountable despite internal findings that the leakers were former CIA Director Leon Panetta and the Defense Department’s top intelligence official. Instead, the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office is working to root out who might have disclosed the findings on Panetta and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers to a nonprofit watchdog group and to McClatchy. While the information wasn’t classified, the inspector general’s office has pursued the new inquiry aggressively, grilling its own investigators,

   

 

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The ‘Sister Wives’ lawsuit
and the end of morality laws
Washington Post, by Jonathan Turley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:42:12 AM     Post Reply
The decision this month by a federal court striking down the criminalization of polygamy in Utah was met with a mix of rejoicing and rage. What was an emancipating decision for thousands of plural families was denounced as the final descent into a moral abyss by others. Former senator Rick Santorum was among the social conservatives trying to claim the moral high ground. He tweeted on Sunday: “Some times I hate it when what I predict comes true” — referring to his 2003 claim that legalizing “consensual sex within your home” would lead to the legalization of polygamy and “undermine

In Wisconsin, Big Chief Walker
signs new Indian mascot bill
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:38:16 AM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an Indian mascot bill on Thursday that will make it harder for politically correct meddlers to force public schools around the state to change their mascots, logos and team names. Before he signed the bill, Walker informed state tribal leaders in a letter. “I share many of your concerns about some of the mascots and nicknames used in Wisconsin and across America,” the governor wrote, according to The Capital Times. “If it were up to me personally, I would seek viable alternatives that were not offensive to Native Americans.” In the same letter, Walker also pointed out that

No greater act of loyalty
to the Constitution
Washington Times, by Michael P. Orsi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:34:42 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon declared that the bulk of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records is likely to violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. Some legal experts contend that this may be the first step in a march to the Supreme Court. It may also be the beginning of the rehabilitation of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who disclosed almost 200,000 classified documents to the press. Mr. Snowden has obtained limited asylum in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States for espionage. In a recent statement, Mr.

Not a Very Mele Kalikimaka
Press Conference
National Review Online, by Charlotte Hays    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:29:47 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama kicked off his bleak midwinter press conference Friday afternoon by referring to his upcoming Hawaiian vacation, it was plain for all to see that this is a man who can’t get out of town a minute too soon. ”I know you are all eager to skip town and spend some time with your families,” he said. “Not surprisingly, I am too.” Not surprising at all. The press was, in the words of the National Journal, “feisty.” When the New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes was called upon, she saluted the president with a Hawaiian words ”Mele Kalikimaka.”

Our Nuclear Delegate to Russia Acted
Like a Frat Bro on Spring Break
Atlantic Wire, by Danielle Weiner Bronner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:22:34 AM     Post Reply
A recently publicized report breaks down why a top Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons was dismissed in October. It had a lot to do with two-day bender on an official visit to Russia: Drinking, missing meetings, fraternizing with sketchy women, and generally acting like a jerk. In October, Major General Michael Carey was dismissed from his post at the head of the Air Force´s arsenal of nuclear ballistic missiles for "personal misbehavior." At the time, details were limited to a brief statement from the Air Force explaining that the officer in charge of 450 ballistic missiles across three

   

 

  


 
Obamacare Is Falling
Apart Before Our Eyes
Weekly Standard, by James C. Capretta    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:16:29 AM     Post Reply
The wrecking ball swung again toward the crumbling Obamacare edifice yesterday. Ironically, it continues to be the Obama administration that is operating the heavy machinery. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced, in the form of a letter to Democratic senators, that Obamacare’s individual mandate tax will be waived in 2014 for persons who had their policies canceled in 2013 due to Obamacare. At this point, after months of on-the-fly pronouncements, delays, and exemptions (often announced, not coincidentally, in the days just before a major national holiday), perhaps nothing should surprise us anymore about Obamacare’s disastrous rollout. But yesterday’s announcement

Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy
Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece
Daily Beast, by Noah Charney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:08:17 AM     Post Reply
Why did Hitler crave the missing panel in the famous Ghent Altarpiece? Maybe because the Nazi’s paranormal research group thought the masterpiece contained a map to the Holy Grail. On the night of 10 April 1934, one of the twelve oak panels that comprise Jan van Eyck’s famous painting, Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, was stolen from Saint Bavo Cathedral, in Ghent, Belgium. Often referred to as “The Ghent Altarpiece,” this monumental oil painting is arguably the single most influential painting ever made. It is also the most-frequently stolen, having been burgled, in its entirety or in parts, at least six

12 questions the White House
press corps could have asked
Obama about Obamacare
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:52:38 AM     Post Reply
Let’s start with the newsiest based on giant news that broke just hours before the press conference and move on from there. 1. Hey, from where do you derive the legal authority to change large parts of this law passed by Congress? And, if you believe you have the legal justification for it, what’s to stop a future president from simply deciding he won’t enforce large parts of it? 2. How exactly does the hardship exemption work? Do you have a ballpark number for how many Americans might be eligible? Is there an enforcement mechanism? For instance, will the IRS or

‘Real’ Rednecks
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:49:42 AM     Post Reply
So rednecks need to be politically correct now? Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don’t mean “redneck” as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich informing people they “might be a redneck.” (Some clues: if your school fight song was “Dueling Banjos”; if you’ve ever raked leaves in your kitchen; if your boat hasn’t left your driveway for 15 years; if birds are attracted to your beard, etc.) Redneck reality shows have been all the rage: Rocket City Rednecks, My Big

Obama facing Hill rebellion
on Iran sanctions
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:44:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is facing a growing insurrection on Capitol Hill over Iran sanctions legislation, with one source telling Fox News the bill is attracting a "flood" of support and another lawmaker vowing to muscle through the legislation with a veto-proof majority if necessary. The momentum comes a day after 26 senators, half of them Democrats, introduced Iran legislation in defiance of the administration -- the bill threatens new sanctions if Tehran does not hold up its end of a newly struck nuclear deal. The president criticized those lawmakers in a year-end press conference on Friday, claiming they were just trying to "look

   

 

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Fats Domino Named
Honorary Grand Marshal
Associated Press, by Stacy Plaisaince    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:36:20 AM     Post Reply
NEW ORLEANS — The music of rock ´n´ roll Hall of Fame performer Fats Domino will "float" through the streets of New Orleans this Carnival season. Domino has been named honorary grand marshal of the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded Carnival club that traditionally parades the night before Mardi Gras. Although he won´t be riding in the March 3 parade, his eldest son, Antoine Domino III, is expected to ride on a float equipped with a piano and speakers to perform his father´s greatest hits, such as "Blue Monday," ´´The Fat Man," ´´Blueberry Hill" and "Walking to New Orleans." Other family members are



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Posted By: Flyright- 12/19/2013 6:38:03 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 6:33:26 AM     Post Reply
For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 6:45:03 AM     Post Reply
The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia. “I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday. “In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have

   

 

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Brian Boitano comes out as
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Posted By: Ribicon- 12/20/2013 9:41:32 AM     Post Reply
Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano has announced he is gay. Boitano´s personal news comes two days after the figure skater was named to the official United States 2014 Sochi Olympics delegation by President Obama. "While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so," Boitano, 50, said in an official statement. (Snip) Boitano joins tennis player Billie Jean King and Olympic ice hockey bronze medalist Caitlin Cahow as the third openly gay athlete

The PC Lynching of Phil Robertson
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Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:43:17 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 6:40:30 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 3:40:06 PM     Post Reply
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Christianity on trial in
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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2013 8:56:27 AM     Post Reply
America may be on the verge of a long-needed discussion over the limits of discourse on homosexual acts. Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family that stars in Duck Dynasty, the most popular program in the history of cable television, was interviewed by GQ Magazine, and was asked what in his mind is sinful: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there." (snip) Robertson spoke of homosexual behavior - i.e., acts. He took care not to characterize homosexuality per se as sinful. This is quite consistent with Christian doctrine of loving the sinner while hating the sin. That crucial point

   

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