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Late Breaking News!NBC cancels Alec Baldwin showAlec Baldwin’s news program, 'Up Late,' will no longer continue on MSNBC, the network and actor's representatives say in a statement. (FoxNews)
Warrant: Zimmerman had 5 guns,100+ bullets when arrested Associated Press, by Staff MissMolly- 11/26/2013 4:09:36 PM SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday. A search warrant made public by the Seminole County court clerk shows that Zimmerman had a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns when he was arrested Nov. 18 at his girlfriend´s house. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, told deputies that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her during an argument and also used it to smash her coffee table. Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail on charges White House won´t rule out futureexecutive action on immigration The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink Desert Fox- 11/26/2013 3:56:32 PM The White House on Tuesday would not categorically rule out future executive actions to address immigration, while continuing to maintain "there is not" anything the president could do in lieu of congressional action on comprehensive reform. “I don’t want to speculate about what sort of actions the president might or might not take," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Obama has come under pressure from immigration activists, who have challenged the president to act unilaterally now that a comprehensive immigration bill appears stalled in the House. Democrats eagerly seeking signsof success with health-care law Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe JoniTx- 11/26/2013 3:55:48 PM The political battles over the future of the new national health insurance law is about to become a media faceoff between Republican accounts of mishap and failure vs. Democratic stories that hint at eventual success. It’s the tale of two Obamacares. In a pre-Thanksgiving messaging memo, Democratic senators are being urged to use the holiday break to find success stories and “aggressively publicize them so that people can see the law is delivering on its promise.” The memo was prepared and distributed by the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, the Senate Democrats’ political messaging operation. Also in recent days, Senate
Michaele Salahi and NealSchon Watch Us Get MarriedLive on Pay-Per-View TMZ.com, by Staff - 11/26/2013 3:51:58 PM Michaele Salahi and Journey guitarist Neal Schon have announced plans for a quiet wedding with their closest family and friends ... and a LIVE Pay-Per-View audience -- available in 90 MILLION homes. The PPV event/wedding is going down Dec. 15th at the Palace of the Fine Arts in San Fran... and if you didn´t get the invite ... you can watch the three-hour TV special dubbed the "Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event" for just $14.95!!! The event will be hosted by a veteran TV crew including Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison, and Karyn Bryant ... and will feature live performances by U.S. Flies B-52s Into China’sExpanded Air Defense Zone New York Times, by Thom Shanker* Desert Fox- 11/26/2013 3:50:08 PM WASHINGTON — Two long-range American bombers have conducted what Pentagon officials described Tuesday as a routine training mission through airspace recently claimed by China as its “air defense identification zone.” The Chinese government said Saturday that it has the right to identify, monitor and possibly take military action against aircraft that enter the area, which includes sea and islands also claimed by Japan. The claim threatens to escalate an already tense dispute over some of the maritime territory. American officials said the pair of B-52s carried out a mission that had been planned long in advance of the Chinese announcement last weekend, Iran, North Korea Secretly DevelopingNew Long-Range Rocket Booster for ICBMs Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz Desert Fox- 11/26/2013 3:45:29 PM Iranian missile technicians secretly visited North Korea as part of joint development of a new rocket booster for long-range missiles or space launchers at the same time nuclear talks took place in Geneva, according to U.S. officials. Several groups of technicians from the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), a unit in charge of building Iran’s liquid-fueled missiles, traveled to Pyongyang during the past several months, including as recently as late October, to work on the new, 80-ton rocket booster being developed by the North Koreans, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports. The booster is believed by U.S. intelligence agencies to be Huntsman open to anotherpresidential run The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Alexandra Jaffe PageTurner- 11/26/2013 3:44:07 PM Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) left the door open to another presidential run during a Monday panel in New Hampshire. Asked whether he ever thinks about running again — Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Republican primary after finishing third in New Hampshire — he suggested he hadn´t ruled out the option. He closed a long response to the question, posed at Saint Anselm College, by saying: "Which is a long way of saying that I love public service. I´ll always be committed to public service. And as an itinerant public servant, from time to time, it´s hard to know where
U.S. flies two warplanes overEast China Sea, ignoring newChinese air defense zone Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock* JoniTx- 11/26/2013 3:38:49 PM The U.S. military has flown two warplanes over the East China Sea on a training exercise, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, blatantly ignoring a recent edict from China that it must be informed in advance of any such flights over the region. The two unarmed aircraft flew Monday evening, Eastern time, over a small island chain that China and Japan both claim as their territory, said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman. He said the U.S. military did not provide any notice to Beijing and described the mission as “uneventful,” saying that there was “no contact, no reaction from China.” CIA personnel testify agencywas on alert over 9/11 anniversaryin Benghazi, before attack Fox News, by Catherine Herridge Desert Fox- 11/26/2013 3:32:15 PM Personnel working at the CIA annex in Benghazi were well aware that the 9/11 anniversary last year could be a flashpoint, according to recent testimony, and a notice was even posted on a bulletin board at the annex warning of potentially increased hostilities against western targets during that period. The new details emerged during recent closed-door briefings by CIA personnel including former contractors, according to those familiar with the testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The witnesses also voiced concern about Ambassador Chris Stevens’ visit to Benghazi right before the 9/11 anniversary; Stevens was killed in the attack. Iran rejects US’s ‘one-sided’version of nuclear deal Times of Israel, by Lazar Berman happywarrior- 11/26/2013 3:15:37 PM Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday firmly criticized the White House for publishing what it said was a false version of the interim nuclear agreement reached early Sunday between Iran and the six world powers. “What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is Why the post-antibiotic world isthe real-life version of thezombie apocalypse The Week, by John Aziz - 11/26/2013 3:14:44 PM Right now, humanity is engaged in an epic battle against fast-adapting and merciless predators. No, zombies are not beating down doors to tear chunks of flesh out of the living. Rather, humanity is being hunted by deadly pathogenic bacteria that have gained resistance to antibiotics. And thanks to the peculiar incentives that drive the pharmaceutical industry, it looks like the cavalry may be a long time in coming. To understand the current state of the antibiotics market, we have to go back millennia. Humans have co-existed with bacteria throughout our history. They live in our bodies from birth to death. It’s estimated
72-Year-Old Woman LatestVictim Of ‘Knockout’ Game Assault? CBS News [New York], by Staff mitzi- 11/26/2013 3:10:14 PM NEW YORK – Police are investigating if a 72-year-old woman is the latest victim of the so-called “knockout game,” a violent trend in which youths sucker-punch unsuspecting strangers for kicks. Mira Harpazi was walking two blocks from her home at the Starret City housing complex in Brooklyn when she was punched in the face by a man in his 20s, CBS 2's John Slattery reported. Like other alleged ”knockout” victims, she was not robbed, but left on the street injured. The attack was the most recent in what may be a disturbing series of similar assaults. Online videos from various Former hostages react toIran´s nuclear deal Associated Press, by Matthew Barakat JoniTx- 11/26/2013 3:04:36 PM McLEAN, Va.- To some of the Americans subjected to mock executions and other torment during more than a year as hostages in Iran more than 30 years ago, it seems like a mistake to trust the regime in Tehran to keep its promises in a nuclear deal brokered by the U.S. and other world powers. The prolonged hostage crisis that began in 1979 gnawed at American emotions and touched off decades of animosity between the U.S. and a nation that had once been an ally. The latest deal has been touted as a trust-building endeavor, though some who endured captivity Obama Donor Complains AboutNo Valet Parking at White House Fox News, by Todd Starnes - 11/26/2013 2:58:25 PM One of President Obama’s wealthy supporters complained about the lack of valet parking at the White House – during a campaign event in California. Haim Saban needled the president about parking at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during a high-dollar fundraiser for Democrats. The event was held at Saban’s sprawling Beverly Hills estate. “Last Friday, the president and first lady were very generous and kind with their time, they invited us to the White House for a very small intimate dinner,” he said. “And we had a wonderful time – great food, great company, very inspiring.” And then, Saban dropped the bombshell. Do Republican, Democratic divisionsgo deeper than politics? CBS News, by Anthony Salvanto* JoniTx- 11/26/2013 2:55:26 PM Growing up, there were lots of political arguments at Thanksgiving dinners – that was part of the fun - but it rarely got personal. We found something else to bond over, if only through a shared little nod and side whisper; yes, the turkey’s dry again. In Washington these days, though, the political often looks personal. The knock on Democrats and Republicans is that they don’t just disagree, they act like they’re from different planets, or at least conceptually different countries. You know the tropes: red-staters versus blue, urbanites versus rural, and so forth. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving,
Ho, Ho, No! NYC Santa ClausParade Comes to an End Associated Press, by Deepti Hajela JoniTx- 11/26/2013 2:46:40 PM Santa Claus ISN´T coming to town. The group that puts on the city´s annual Sidewalk Santa Parade said its last bell has been jingled. Volunteers of America-Greater New York said the parade and its Sidewalk Santa fundraising efforts have been retired and it´s using other ways, such as online giving and money from private donors, to raise funds for its Hope and Hearth food voucher program. "It was just not the most effective way to raise money," vice president Rachel Weinstein said Monday. The parade traditionally took place the Friday after Thanksgiving, with the Santa-costumed participants marching up Manhattan´s Fifth Michelle Obama in 2008: Barack WillMake Us ´Sacrifice´ for Health Care Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak JoniTx- 11/26/2013 2:39:29 PM A video has surfaced from the presidential campaign trail in May 2008 that shows Michelle Obama talking about the sacrifices that Americans would have to make in order to achieve her husband´s health care goals. The future First Lady was speaking at a meeting of military families to highlight the cost of war for those back at home. Her remarks have been referred to in several Internet postings but no video has surfaced until now. Mrs. Obama says: It´s going to cost us something as a society to say, ´We can´t tolerate millions of people uninsured. We can´t tolerate it.´ Lara Logan To Take Leave ofAbsence From CBS In Wakeof ’60 Minutes’ Report Variety, by Brian Steinberg - 11/26/2013 2:10:48 PM Lara Logan and a producer, Max McClellan, involved with a flawed “60 Minutes” report on Benghazi that drew criticism will both take a leave of absence from CBS News, according to an internal memo from CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager issued Tuesday. “As Executive Producer, I am responsible for what gets on the air. I pride myself in catching almost everything, but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have,” Fager said in a memo to staff. “When faced with a such an error, we must use it as an opportunity to make our broadcast even stronger. We are making adjustments Hillary Clinton reaps $450,000fee for speech Chicago Sun-Times, by Michael Sneed - 11/26/2013 1:54:56 PM Ka-ching! Little Miss Moneybags. Probable Dem presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is lugging home big simoleons these days. ? To wit: Sneed hears rumbles that Hillary may have outstripped her loquacious hubby Bill in the speech department by taking home a hefty $450,000 fee for addressing the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Global Financial Leadership Conference last week in Naples, Fla. The Trotter story . . . Why voters are finished believing
Obama´s health care promises
Washington Examiner, by Byron York grace52- 11/26/2013 1:31:14 PM In April, Real Clear Politics´ average of polls showed that 47 percent of Americans opposed Obamacare, while 41 percent supported it — a 6-percentage-point edge for opponents of the president´s health care law, which at the time was still months away from implementation. The latest average of polls, less than two months into the law´s rollout, shows 57 percent opposing Obamacare, with 38 percent supporting — an enormous 19-point gap between opponents and supporters.
Mayor Nutter Says ‘Knockout’
Attacks ‘Will Not Be Tolerated Here’
CBS Local (Philadelphia, PA), by Dan Wing and Todd Quinones - 11/26/2013 1:30:18 PM Philadelphia – Mayor Michael Nutter was joined by other city leaders Monday evening in an attempt to stop the so-called “Knockout Game” from spreading to Philadelphia. Nutter was joined by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, as they discussed the so-called game in which a person is randomly assaulted, while another person films it with their phone or other device. With cases reported in other U.S. cities, including New York, Mayor Nutter says the city is working to stay ahead of the problem, but needs parents to do their part. “This is not a game. You can seriously injure or possibly kill someone. Your child’s Pack your bags, Alec! MSNBC
fires Baldwin over his anti-gay slurs
New York Post, by Richard Johnson mitzi- 11/26/2013 1:28:35 PM Alec Baldwin has been fired by MSNBC, sources say. The rage-aholic’s weekly show, “Up Late With Alec Baldwin,” has been canceled because of the actor’s foul-mouthed rant at a photographer he called a nasty name. “The decision has been made. He’s gone,” an insider at the cable channel told me. “The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building.” Baldwin’s dismissal was decided on partly because of his diva-like behavior toward co-workers, a source said. Israel Discovers 10,000-Year-
Old House Near Jerusalem
Time, by Courtney Subramanian MissMolly- 11/26/2013 1:24:47 PM Israel’s transportation company has uncovered a 10,000-year-old house and a 6,000-year-old temple during a routine dig to expand one of the nation’s highways. Workers unearthed a the house, the oldest structure ever found in the Judean lowlands southwest of Jerusalem, while digging for the planned expansion of Route 38, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The house dates back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period, signifying the transition of society to “permanent dwellings,” or settling down rather than traveling in search of food, Times of Israel reports. State-owned Netivei Israel Company, which is in charge of the highway expansion, also said it discovered Feds’ ban on milk-only option
angers Manchester school officials
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Ted Siefer nhchemist- 11/26/2013 1:24:12 PM Students must take a meal at school even if they only want a carton of milk, according to federal regulations presented at the Board of School Committee meeting Monday. Mayor Ted Gatsas and other school board members reacted with dismay to the rules, which they say have contributed to waste when students, some of whom bring lunches from home and only want milk, toss the school-provided fare in the trash. “We’re not able to offer the free milk-only option,” Superintendent Debra Livingston told the board. “In order to have the free meal, the students are required to choose the required
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Now the Twelfth Imam Can Come Frontpage Magazine, by Robert Spencer scottyboy- 11/26/2013 12:04:36 PM Among the many who decried the Obama Administration’s catastrophic capitulation to the nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, none spelled out its potential consequences as trenchantly as Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett: “We awoke this morning to a new reality,” he said Sunday. “A reality in which a bad deal was signed with Iran. A very bad deal. If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal that was signed this morning.”(snip)That violence and tyranny is not incidental to the theology of the Twelfth Imam, Green energy feelssold out by Obama Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 11:48:28 AM This wasn´t supposed to happen. Just 11 months after President Obama made the environment and climate change his top priority in the Inaugural Address, green energy firms are facing abandonment and even fines from his administration, now viewed as cozying up to Big Oil. Two major events occurred this month that has the green industry yelling “sell out” at the White House. First, the administration abruptly abandoned its promise to demand that more biofuels be used to make gas from renewable sources like corn and grasses, a major blow to farmers and biotech execs who saw the president´s Inaugural Address promises as NY Times Raves Over Meryl StreepReading Audiobook of Vicious Attack onthe Traditional Bible Reading of Mary NewsBusters, by Tim Graham KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 11:42:07 AM The New York Times gave another warm, huggy article to gay author Colm Toibin’s vicious anti-Christian “Testament of Mary” in the Sunday Book Review. They’ve praised it as a book, they’ve praised it as a play. On Sunday, they praised it as an audio book, with the bizarre claim of a Christ-denying Mary voiced by ...Meryl Streep. Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood gave the rave for Streep, "practically a religious icon herself — or an aesthetic one, anyway. She’s virtually been sanctified as the Greatest Film Actress of her generation...Doesn’t it seem inevitable that Meryl Streep would one day play the
Kanye West: Obamais just trying to be cool Politico, by Caitlyn McDevitt scottyboy- 11/26/2013 11:40:43 AM Kanye West recently declared that he was done criticizing President Barack Obama. “I’m not gonna mention him no more,” the rapper said. “I’m past that.” Well, that lasted about a week. West ripped Obama again in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 on Monday. "The reason why Obama mention our name is cause we’re most relevant,” West said. “…He’s just saying that trying to be cool. Obama was supposed to the coolest person on the planet now he gotta say our names to be cool. It´s like a feature, we feature in his interviews right now. They need a feature from NSF Spends $82,525 to StudySelf-Defense by Millipedes Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 11:34:13 AM The National Science Foundation spent $82,525 on a one-year grant to study on the self-defense of bioluminescent millipedes. “Animals use myriad strategies to avoid predation -- camouflage, spines, and toxins are among a few. Animals that are toxic, inedible, or otherwise noxious often advertise this by a warning signal, for example the yellow and black stripes of a yellowjacket or the rattle of a snake,” the award abstract said. “Bioluminescent millipedes, known only from California, are defended with cyanide and their green-blue glow is hypothesized to be a nocturnal warning signal,” the award abstract added. “In this project, the evolutionary relationships of millipedes On Fox News Sunday, AP´s Julie PaceRevels in Sitting on ´Secret IranTalks´ Story for Eight Months NewsBusters, by Tom Blumer KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 11:33:24 AM On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday (full video here), the Associated Press’s Julie Pace twice demonstrated why hanging the “Administration’s Press” moniker on the self-described “essential global news network” is more than justified. My previous post (at BizzyBlog; at NewsBusters) dealt with Pace´s blind acceptance of unsupported assertions about the reason for the Obama administration´s delay of 2015 Obamacare enrollment until November 15, 2014 and her willingness to parrot long-discredited talking points about why the HealthCare.gov website initially crashed. Before that, she bragged about how her organization, which didn´t exactly have a track record of sitting on news about CDC: More Than 20% of 14-Year-OldBoys Diagnosed With ADHD Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 11:30:46 AM More than 20 percent of the 14-year-old boys in the United States have been diagnosed at some point in their lives with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a newly released study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also said more than 20 percent of 11-year-old boys had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. The study indicated that American boys were 125 percent more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, and that boys were 127 percent more likely than girls to be medicated for it. 13.3 percent of American 11-year-old boys are being
Time’s Mark Halperin: DeathPanels Are ´Built Into´ ObamaCare NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 11:28:23 AM When former Alaska governor Sarah Palin famously said years ago that ObamaCare included death panels, the liberal media went nuts declaring her a kook while defending the law. On Monday, Time magazine’s senior political analyst Mark Halperin, appearing on Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show, agreed that this was the case saying, “It´s built into the plan. It´s not like a guess or like a judgment. That´s going to be part of how costs are controlled” (video follows with transcript and commentary): STEVE MALZBERG: I think they focused on the death panels which will be coming, call them what you will. Did Hillary Clinton’s globetrotting waysas Secretary of State contributeto Benghazi disaster? Fox News, by J.D. Gordon scottyboy- 11/26/2013 11:27:04 AM According to a centuries old rumor, Roman Emperor Nero played his fiddle as Rome burned for six days in A.D. 64, destroying 70% of the city. While historians ponder if Nero, an aloof ruler and moonlighting musician, really did play his harp-like Cithara as Rome went up in flames, or whether the rumor is simply a metaphor for his absentee leadership, he wasn’t the world’s first top political figure to disappoint. And certainly not the last. In piecing together the vast intelligence warnings on Benghazi, will Hillary Clinton go down in history as another Nero? We’ve all heard stories about Is the Superpower Afraid of Iran? Cybercast News Service, by Patrick J. Buchanan Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 11:25:13 AM "Iran´s Nuclear Triumph" roared the headline of the Wall Street Journal editorial. William Kristol is again quoting Churchill on Munich. Since the news broke Saturday night that Iran had agreed to a six-month freeze on its nuclear program, we are back in the Sudetenland again. Why? For not only was this modest deal agreed to by the United States, but also by our NATO allies Germany, Britain and France. Russia and China are fine with it. Iran´s rivals, Turkey and Egypt, are calling it a good deal. Saudi Arabia says it "could be a first step toward a comprehensive solution for Iran´s nuclear Iran, You Ran, We All Ran Cybercast News Service, by Rich Galen Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 11:23:03 AM Everyone who thinks they know all the aspects of the Iran deal raise hands -- Secretary Kerry, put your hand down. I have no idea whether this is a good deal, a bad deal, or no deal at all. I hope it is a good deal and I hope it leads to a safer Middle East and, thus, a safer world. But I don´t know. This deal was brokered by what is known as the P5+1. That is the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (U.S., France, Russia, China, and France) plus Germany which, as we mentioned before, lost World War II
OFA: Be sure to use Thanksgivingdinner to convince relatives to buya plan on the ObamaCare exchange Hot Air, by Allahpundit KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 11:22:01 AM Via Jonah Goldberg. Believe it or not, these soulless robots have prepared an actual talking-points memo for the occasion replete with tips on how to plan your “talk.” My favorite: “Integrate the talk into family time.” Good advice — and for my money, the more dramatic the integration, the better. When your cousin pulls out baby pictures of her newborn and tries to pass them around, grab her arm gently but firmly and say, “Hey — isn’t there something more important we should be discussing?” Don’t be fazed by the stunned silence that follows. That’s your opening to grab your Masking Totalitarianism Cybercast News Service, by Walter E. Williams Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 11:19:30 AM One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey. The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they´ve been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Their agenda calls for an attack on the free market and what it implies — voluntary exchange. Tyrants do not trust that people acting voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do. Therefore, free markets are replaced with economic planning and regulation that is nothing less than the forcible Christians Flee Marauding Muslimsin Africa’s ‘Forgotten Crisis’ Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 11:16:23 AM The Central African Republic (CAR) is “descending into complete chaos,” becoming a breeding ground for extremists and threatening to sink into religious and ethnic conflict that could spread through an already troubled region, the U.N. Security Council was told on Monday. Tens of thousands of Christians who have fled violent attack by Muslim rebels are sheltering at a Catholic mission in a town called Bossangoa, about 250 miles north of the capital, Bangui. Last week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned that the country was “on the verge of genocide.” CAR is a mostly Christian and animist country, a little smaller than Pope Attacks ´Tyranny´ Of Markets,Urges Renewal In Key Document Reuters, by Naomi O´Leary Distorted- 11/26/2013 11:06:38 AM VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff. The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop setto crack city hall ´mystery safes´ NJ.com, by Darryl Isherwood Ribicon- 11/26/2013 10:56:43 AM Jersey City is known for its ´colorful´ political past. There´s Frank Hague, known as "the granddaddy of New Jersey Bosses," whose political machine was unrivaled in its day. There was Bernard Berry, who made his reputation banning rock and roll music from within the city limits. And there was Anthony Cucci, who threatened to foreclose on the Statue of Liberty due to an unpaid water bill. So when newly elected Mayor Steve Fulop found a pair of safes in the municipal building that had not been opened in a generation or more, he was understandably intrigued. The safes are in Obama Hailed as ‘theGreatest Leader in theWorld’ at Magic’s House PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 10:55:41 AM President Obama partied with the stars in Beverly Hills on Monday night to raise cash for the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is off to a running start for 2014, though, raising $4.8 million in October in its best off-cycle month ever and outpacing the National Republican Senatorial Committee by a cool million. In a tent on the grounds of Magic Johnson’s mansion, the former Lakers star hailed Obama as “the greatest leader in the world.” With ticket prices between $2,500 and $15,000 a head, the crowed included Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Keaton along with some Obama: ‘I’m Not a ParticularlyIdeological Person’ PJ Media, by Bryan Preston KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 10:49:38 AM Yes, Barack Obama really said this. “The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama told about 60 wealthy supporters at a fundraising dinner outside of Seattle. Obama’s comments came during an event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee inside the sprawling contemporary Medina home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley. Tickets cost up to $16,200 per person or $32,400 per couple, with Price of Chicken ReachesAll-Time High in U.S. Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer Ribicon- 11/26/2013 10:29:35 AM The price for fresh whole chickens hit its all-time high in the United States in October, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In January 1980, when BLS started tracking the price of this commodity, fresh whole chickens cost $0.69 per pound. By this October 2003, fresh whole chickens cost $1.54 per pound. (Snip) In 2003 and 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency used the Clean Water Act to impose new regulations on “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs),” targeting the manure they produce. In 2003, the EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register to Documents: Karl Rove Gave GroverNorquist $26 Million in 2012 Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 10:28:27 AM Tax documents from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS show that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) is largely funded by Rove, ProPublica’s Kim Barker reports. “Social welfare nonprofits, also known as dark money groups because they don´t have to report their donors, are allowed to spend money on politics as long as their primary purpose is social welfare,” Barker wrote on Monday. “The groups often count so-called issue ads that stop short of advocating for or against a candidate and grants toward that social welfare mission. Since the Supreme Court´s 2010 Citizens United decision allowed corporations and unions to spend directly
‘Unfireable’ female FDNYfirefighter quits New York Post, by Susan Edelman Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 10:28:23 AM The female FDNY probie who was allowed to graduate from the Fire Academy without passing a required running test has quit. Wendy Tapia, 31, resigned Thursday after trying again — her sixth attempt — to run 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less, officials said. “She didn’t make the 12-minute cutoff,” an FDNY spokesman said. “She’ll return back to EMS ranks.” Tapia was one of five women among 285 new firefighters who graduated from the FDNY’s Randall’s Island training academy on May 17. The class of EMTs and paramedics was hailed as one of the most diverse ever. She was Insight: A new wave of U.S.mortgage trouble threatens Reuters, by Peter Rudegeair Maryland_Patriot- 11/26/2013 10:23:38 AM U.S. borrowers are increasingly missing payments on home equity lines of credit they took out during the housing bubble, a trend that could deal another blow to the country´s biggest banks. The loans are a problem now because an increasing number are hitting their 10-year anniversary, at which point borrowers usually must start paying down the principal on the loans as well as the interest they had been paying all along. More than $221 billion of these loans at the largest banks will hit this mark over the next four years, about 40 percent of the home equity lines of credit now One Key Thing the ObamaAdministration Isn’t Telling YouAbout the Iran Deal Power Line, by John Hinderaker MDMuskrat- 11/26/2013 10:20:11 AM Under the agreement reached in Geneva over the weekend, Iran is permitted to keep one-half of the uranium it has enriched to the 20% level, and is required to dilute the remaining one-half to 5% U-235. It is allowed to continue enriching uranium, but agrees not to take that process beyond 5% U-235 during the next six months. No doubt many people who hear about those terms will be reassured, thinking that 5% enrichment, and even 20%, represents only a small percentage of the total effort (snip) for a nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Sen. Thune: Obama GivesUnions Obamacare Exemption Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle KarenJ1- 11/26/2013 10:18:54 AM Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the chairman of the Senate GOP conference, has discovered that President Barack Obama’s administration has decided to grant an exemption to labor unions from Obamacare’s reinsurance tax. On page 70 of regulations the administration published on Monday, Thune’s office noted that a rule would exempt Taft-Hartley union healthcare plans from from the Obamacare reinsurance tax. Thune’s office noted in the release, provided to Breitbart News, that the exemption would most likely end up forcing others who still need to pay the tax to pay more. That includes companies, charities, and faith-based organizations. “By publishing this proposed rule Democrats Fear Obamacare WillCost Them The Senate National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar - 11/26/2013 10:18:34 AM Last week, President Obama´s pollster Joel Benenson sent a memo to congressional Democrats encouraging them to refocus attention on the economy and ignore the health care chaos that has consumed the administration for the last two months. The three-page set of talking points argued that the media´s relentless focus on the Obamacare website is a "distraction" from more important work on the minds of voters. But for Senate Democrats who backed the unpopular legislation, avoiding the subject isn´t so easy. Republicans are armed with reams of polling data showing how the health care law could overturn the Democrats´ majority, and are
The Front ManThe best piece on deck today. Don't miss.
Democrats set to turn on Obama ifHealthcare.gov isn’t ready next weekMore enlightened self-interest here butwhatever it takes.
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ID Verification Lagging on Health Care WebsiteThis is today's screw up.
The Fallout of Obamacare´s Rollout"Polling numbers show the shockingly swift change thathas overtaken Washington’s political landscape."
A little holiday rant before all the fa-la-laA Grinch has an early say. Scroll down to the video.It will warm your spirit.
Monday's MOST READReaders were most interested in Tony Lee's piece onyoung people getting shafted by Obamacare.
On Barbarism and Baby Mamas National Review Online, by Thomas Sowell drive- 11/26/2013 7:45:25 AM Many people take pride in defying the conventions of society. Those conventions of society are also known as civilization. Defying them wholesale means going back to barbarism. Barbarians with electronic devices are still barbarians. After the government shutdown crisis, the one thing that congressional Democrats and Republicans finally agreed on was to kick the can down the road a few more months, so that we can go through all this again — and perhaps again after that. F.D.A. Orders Genetic Testing Firm toStop Selling DNA Analysis Service New York Times, by Andrew Pollack drive- 11/26/2013 7:43:18 AM In a crackdown on genetic testing that is offered directly to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration has demanded that 23andMe immediately cease selling and marketing its DNA testing service until it receives clearance from the agency. In a scathing warning letter that the agency posted on its website on Monday, it said that 23andMe had failed to provide adequate evidence that its product, Personal Genome Service, provided accurate results. “F.D.A. is concerned about the public health consequences of inaccurate results from the P.G.S. device,” the agency said in its letter. Of the personal genome testing companies, 23andMe may be the best known, A Peek at Amazon’s Contractwith the Postal Service Wall Street Journal, by Greg Bensinger and Laura Stevens drive- 11/26/2013 7:41:16 AM Amazon recently unveiled an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages in some markets on Sunday, the latest initiative by the e-commerce giant to be consumers’ first and final shopping destination. Amazon will deliver packages from its warehouses to Postal Service sites late Saturday or Sunday, and, under the terms of the deal, the agency will truck them to consumers’ doorsteps. Outside of some Sunday delivery during the Christmas holiday season, the deal marks the first broad Sunday d
Paris? Rome? Venice? No, America´s preferredromantic destination is… Chester in the UK Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Ward Attercliffe- 11/26/2013 7:11:56 AM The historic British city of Chester has beaten Venice, Prague and Santorini on a list of the most beautiful cities in Europe favored by Americans. Never mind Paris and Venice, both often thought of as some of the most romantic cities in Europe, or Budapest for its rich historic offering – Chester in Cheshire was the fifth choice city behind Riga, Bergen, Innsbruck and Dubrovnik in an American newspaper poll. USA Today, the newspaper that ran the online survey, attributed the Roman walls and ‘charming collection of Tudor and Victorian buildings and a delightful shopping district filled with half-timbered shops Ukraine alarm at becomingEU-Russia ´battlefield´ - PM BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 11/26/2013 7:03:51 AM Ukraine PM Mykola Azarov has expressed alarm at becoming a "battlefield" for the EU and Russia, as protests continue over a stalled EU trade deal. He also insisted an agreement with Russia had not been finalised on possible new financial support. Kiev last week put on hold a historic trade agreement with the EU, prompting the EU to accuse Moscow of exerting heavy pressure on Ukraine. The decision triggered mass protests in the capital and other cities. "Russia does not give us guarantees, Europe does not give us guarantees, so what are we, a battlefield?" the prime minister told foreign Boomtown, USA Telegraph (UK), by Peter Foster and Alastair Good FlyRight- 11/26/2013 7:02:13 AM The once-sleepy town of Williston sits on the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers in the US state of North Dakota. Five years ago, Williston had a population of 12,000 and was slowly dying on its feet – an agricultural hub marked out from the plains only by the grain silos that stand silhouetted against the big North Dakota skies. The fall-out from a brief oil boom in the mid-1980s had left the town with sky-high debts and a main street filled with empty shops and peeling facades. Young people looking for jobs skipped town at the first opportunity. Today, Williston is Scottish independence: Experience tellsus that divorces seldom finish amicably Telegraph [UK], by Benedict Brogan Attercliffe- 11/26/2013 7:00:59 AM First, two declarations of interest, neither of which will surprise you: first, I´m in favour of the Union, and second, I haven´t read the White Paper. Today is a day for studying and considering the SNP´s arguments, and you can keep up with developments here. But we can already draw some conclusions about the way Alex Salmond is approaching the task of making his case for separation. The husband planning to leave his wife and hoping she won´t cut up rough in the courts is a familiar figure, and Mr Salmond is the absconding spouse asking for a divorce who
Black Mob Violence: New Denials... and New Violence American Thinker, by Colin Flaherty magnante- 11/26/2013 6:57:50 AM NBC News and the Associated Press want you to know there is no such thing as black mob violence. Especially in the hundreds of cases of Knockout Game now receiving so much attention in local and national media across the country. Ditto the Washington Post, ABC News and the Philadelphia Inquirer. And this weekend, the New York Times. The rules of the Knockout Game are simple: Gather a group of black people. Find a white person. An Asian will do. Punch them in the face until they are knocked out. Or dead. Or your arms get tired. If you relied on local and CIA turned al-Qaeda double agentsat Guantanamo base called ´Penny Lane´ Telegraph (UK), by Colin Freeman FlyRight- 11/26/2013 6:57:46 AM The CIA used a secret base at Guantanamo Bay nicknamed ´Penny Lane´ to turn some of al-Qaeda´s most dangerous terrorists into double agents, US officials have admitted.Inmates languishing under Guantanamo Bay´s harsh regime were offered cash rewards, "hotel" style rooms and even pornography if they agreed to help the CIA track down and kill fellow al-Qaeda operatives. Instead of Guantanamo´s spartan cells, they would be transferred to cottages equipped with private kitchens, showers and televisions, as well as their own patio. A handful then signed agreements to work for the CIA, under which they were released and told to hook up once The Fallout of Obamacare´s Rollout American Spectator, by J.T. Young Pluperfect- 11/26/2013 6:41:29 AM In one month, Obamacare’s “fumbled” rollout has undone the Democrats’ fiscal fight gains. For the White House, things have been even worse. These sudden reversals of fortune are unlike anything seen arising from US policy in some time, and they may be a long time away, from being reversed. Polling numbers show the shockingly swift change that has overtaken Washington’s political landscape. Using Rasmussen polling data, and looking at three dates from this fall — October 1, the start of the government shutdown; October 17, the reopening of the federal government; and November 17, a month after the government’s reopening — Why voters are finished believingObama´s health care promises Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:51:30 AM In April, Real Clear Politics´ average of polls showed that 47 percent of Americans opposed Obamacare, while 41 percent supported it — a 6-percentage-point edge for opponents of the president´s health care law, which at the time was still months away from implementation. The latest average of polls, less than two months into the law´s rollout, shows 57 percent opposing Obamacare, with 38 percent supporting — an enormous 19-point gap between opponents and supporters. The two numbers explain why Republicans made little progress when they tried to warn Americans about Obamacare. For years, GOP warnings about Obamacare were about something that
Why John Kerry IsAlways the Last to Know Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:46:46 AM The search for explanations for the Obama administration’s serially inept diplomacy yielded some clues in the wake of the deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Though Secretary of State John Kerry had emitted an air of desperation in the last couple of weeks, watching the reactions of America’s allies made it clear not only that Kerry’s desperation was not widely shared but also that the Obama administration seems to have stopped listening–indeed, to have completely tuned out voices that may raise dissenting views. Kerry’s victory tour on the political talk shows was instructive. Kerry repeatedly tried to squelch any talk of “daylight” Bailouts for Cities? City Journal [NY City, NY], by Steve Malanga Pluperfect- 11/26/2013 5:43:43 AM Detroit’s July bankruptcy filing, prompted in part by its huge worker-retirement debts, has led to calls for a federal bailout of the beleaguered city—and also, by extension, of retirement debt in other fiscally squeezed municipalities. From the New York Times to blogs and union-issued position papers, bailout supporters argue that the citizens and workers of Detroit and other troubled places aren’t to blame for their retirement debts. Even if they were, the arguments go, the damage that insolvency will do to government services for average citizens and to the retirements of government workers demands federal intervention. “The 700,000 remaining residents Newsroom Protests AgainstWhite House Spread Washington Free Beacon, by C.J. Ciaramella Pluperfect- 11/26/2013 5:38:39 AM USA Today on Monday joined a growing list of news agencies boycotting the use of official White House photography over what it says is an unprecedented lack of access to the president. USA Today Deputy Director of Multimedia Andrew Scott said in a memo to staff the publication will not use “handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very extraordinary circumstances.” USA Today is now one of more than 35 news agencies refusing to use White House photography. Last Thursday, a coalition of major news organizations including the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, and CNN protested Superintendent charged in Steubenville rape New York Post, by Leonard Greene StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:35:14 AM Four more people — including a school superintendent and a football coach — have been indicted by a grand jury investigating a cover up in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio. Two high school football players had already been convicted of the sexual assault, which authorities said took place at a booze-fueled party in August, 2012. But an Ohio grand jury handed up indictments against Superintendent Michael McVey and three others on charges that included tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, allowing underage drinking and making a false statement. “People made bad choices and the grand jury said there are
Iran´s Rouhani: He´s no Gorbachev Los Angeles Times, by Max Boot StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:31:25 AM Analogies between Secretary of State John F. Kerry´s negotiations with Iran and the negotiations the Reagan administration undertook with the Soviet Union have become commonplace. But is Hassan Rouhani really another Mikhail Gorbachev — another leader of a dictatorship with whom the U.S. can (and should) "do business," in Margaret Thatcher´s phrase? Recall that Gorbachev was not just interested in achieving arms reductions with the U.S. He was intent on a thorough reform of Russian society. The Encyclopaedia Britannica summarizes his initiatives: "Under his new policy of glasnost ("openness"), a major cultural thaw took place: freedoms of expression and of information The Front Man National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:28:28 AM Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes an alarming number of Monty Python reunion tickets sell out 43.5SECONDS after going on sale... but comedytroupe quickly add four more shows Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Cable Attercliffe- 11/26/2013 5:22:12 AM Tickets for Monty Python’s long-awaited comedy reunion tour sold out in 43.5 seconds. But fans certainly weren’t laughing after most of the 20,000 tickets appeared on tout websites minutes later for more than 15 times the face value. Thousands of the fans failed in their efforts to buy tickets through the official O2 and Ticketmaster websites when they went on sale at 10am yesterday. The cheapest were being offered at £27.50 with a £4.50 booking fee, while the most expensive were £495, which included meeting with the Python team after the show. A 31-Year-Old Is TearingApart the Heritage Foundation New Republic, by Julia Joffe StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:20:16 AM On a Thursday evening at the end of August, a respectable, older crowd waited in the ballroom of the Double Tree in Wilmington, Delaware, to hear Jim DeMint speak. The dashing former South Carolina senator and Tea Party icon had been flying around the country on a private jet to stump for the cause of defunding Obamacare, and Wilmington was the last stop on his nine-city tour. In Dallas, he was joined by his protégé Ted Cruz, but most of the time it was just DeMint and his barker, Michael Needham. In that Delaware ballroom, Needham, a dark-haired, square-jawed young man, World Doubts Obama WillEnforce Red Line on Iran Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:17:03 AM The Iran gambit has risks and, if a final deal isn’t achieved after six months, the possibility of war rises. World leaders say President Obama’s credibility to enforce the deadline has been badly damaged. The interim nuclear deal struck on Sunday morning avoids outright confrontation with Iran for six months, but foreign leaders and international experts warned that the gamble over reaching a final deal could substantially raise the risk of open conflict. Over 200 officials, lawmakers, and experts from more than 50 countries were meeting at the Halifax International Security Forum as news broke over the weekend, many suggested that President
Karzai tells Susan Rice of more demandsfor accord extending U.S. troop presence Washington Post, by Tim Craig & Karen DeYoung Pluperfect- 11/26/2013 5:10:39 AM KABUL — Efforts by the United States and Afghanistan to finalize a long-term security arrangement appeared on the brink of collapse Monday as Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a new set of demands, and the Obama administration said it would be forced to begin planning for a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces at the end of 2014. In a two-hour meeting here, Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s top national security adviser, told Karzai that if he failed to sign the bilateral security agreement by the end of this year, the United States would have “no choice” but to prepare for withdrawal, The Charity Swindle New York Times, by Ken Stern Pluperfect- 11/26/2013 5:07:54 AM WASHINGTON — BY all outward indications, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association was a leader in the charitable community. Founded in 2002 to provide support to Navy veterans in need, the charity recorded astonishing financial success. In its first eight years, it raised around $100 million in charitable contributions, almost all of it through a direct marketing campaign. The organization, headed by Jack L. Nimitz, boasted of 41 state chapters and some 66,000 members. This would be a great story of charitable success, except for the fact that virtually everything about the association turned out to be false: no state chapters, Aftermath of the DukeLacrosse Rape Case PJ Media, by Roger Kimball StormCnter- 11/26/2013 5:00:56 AM Remember the so-called “Duke lacrosse rape case”? That was the scandal that briefly riveted the nation’s attention not once but twice. The first time was in March 2006 when a black stripper called Crystal Mangum accused three Duke University lacrosse players of kidnapping and rape. Yikes. The bien pensant commentariat went into overdrive to condemn not just the three lacrosse payers, but the entire Duke lacrosse team and indeed the “racist” culture of white privilege at Duke. A few days ago, Ms. Mangum was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend who died from wounds she inflicted with Democrats set to turn on Obama ifHealthcare.gov isn’t ready next week Politico, by Allahpundit StormCnter- 11/26/2013 4:57:40 AM Pure, sweet, schadenfreudean goodness from Politico. See now why I think there’s a chance that those new Iran sanctions pass with veto-proof majorities? Turns out, after three years and a half years of development plus two months of frantic triage to Healthcare.gov, Democrats are finally ready to hold the White House accountable for its giant O-Care fark-up. A little. “The president and his team have repeatedly assured us that the system will be working by Dec. 1. That’s when I start looking at what we have to do in our oversight function to hold the administration accountable for making it work.” Rep. Almost 80 million with employerhealth care plans could havecoverage canceled, experts predict Fox News, by Jim Angle StormCnter- 11/26/2013 4:53:22 AM Almost 80 million people with employer health plans could find their coverage canceled because they are not compliant with ObamaCare, several experts predicted. Their losses would be in addition to the millions who found their individual coverage cancelled for the same reason. Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute said that in addition to the individual cancellations, "at least half the people on employer plans would by 2014 start losing plans as well." There are approximately 157 million employer health care policy holders. Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute added, "the administration estimated that approximately 78 million Americans with employer sponsored insurance would Former White House chefdishes secrets from thekitchen at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ABC News, by Alexandra Dukakis* StormCnter- 11/26/2013 4:50:16 AM Chef John Moeller has built his career on cooking food fit for presidents. Moeller worked as a White House chef for three presidents – George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush – and has now published a book, “Dining at the White House,” that weaves together his stories of working for the first families with the recipes of some of his standout White House dishes. Cooking chocolate tortes during an interview with “Politics Confidential,” Moeller recalled arriving at the White House for his first day on the job under President George H.W. Bush. “I had a big tool box loaded up
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Chris Christie OK with Dream Act,but will not sign N.J. Senate version Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jenna Portnoy Ribicon- 11/25/2013 11:27:21 PM Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie tonight said he would not sign the current Senate version of the so-called Dream Act, but that he still wants to extend in-state tuition to the children of immigrants who came to this country illegally. “They’re overreaching and making it unsignable and making the benefits richer than the federal program, the federal Dream Act, that’s simply not acceptable for me," the Republican governor said during his monthly call-in show on NJ 101.5 FM. The Senate on Nov. 18 approved the measure (S2479), which advocates say will affect tens of thousands of New Jersey residents.
Analysts: Iran Oil ExportsCould Increase 50 Percent Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Alana Goodman - 11/25/2013 10:58:54 PM Analysts suggest Iran’s oil exports could increase by up to 50 percent under the interim nuclear agreement, despite insistence from Obama administration officials that there is no significant relaxation of oil sanctions in the six-month deal. The agreement allows Iran’s customers to purchase oil at their “current average amounts,” waiving the current U.S. sanctions rule that requires these countries to “significantly reduce” their Iranian oil imports every six months. The deal also relaxes insurance and transportation sanctions, making it easier and less expensive for Iran to export oil. “The explicit if partial relaxation of crude oil sanctions [in the agreement] U.S. says may pull out all troopsas Afghan leader holds up deal Reuters, by Jessica Donati and Mark Felsenthal earlybird- 11/25/2013 10:43:58 PM Afghanistan´s President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, and Washington may have to resort to the "zero option" of withdrawing all American troops from the strife-torn country next year, as it did in Iraq. Karzai told U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Kabul on Monday that the United States must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before he would sign a bilateral security pact, Karzai´s spokesman said. The White House said Karzai had outlined new conditions in Obamacare update: Consumers seeprogress but insurers smell trouble Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar and Amy Goldstein Dreadnought- 11/25/2013 10:38:05 PM As the Obama administration closes in on its self-imposed deadline to fix the troubled online health insurance marketplace, consumer advocates say it is becoming easier for people to sign up for coverage but insurers warn that critical flaws continue to hinder participating health plans. Administration officials have promised that HealthCare.gov will be working smoothly for most people by Saturday, and are citing evidence indicating progress toward that goal. Workers helping people sign up for coverage have noticed that the site has been running better over the past two weeks, with consumers experiencing shorter wait times and fewer crashes.
Among American workers, pollfinds unprecedented anxietyabout jobs, economy Washington Post, by Jim Tankersley and Scott Clement Dreadnought- 11/25/2013 10:34:06 PM CHESTER, Pa. — The alarm rang on John Stewart’s phone at 1:10 a.m. He was up at 1:30, caught one bus north into Philadelphia a little after 2 and another bus, south toward the airport, a half-hour after that. He made it into work around 3:25 for a shift that started at 4, for a job that pays $5.25 an hour, which he cannot afford to lose. Stewart is 55, tall and thin and animated. At work he wears a clip-on tie, a white cotton shirt with a fraying collar and a pair of black sneakers he nabbed on sale ID Verification Lagging onHealth Care Website New York Times, by Robert Pear - 11/25/2013 10:24:32 PM WASHINGTON — Just days before the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline to fix the troubled federal health insurance website, officials said Monday that they were aware of another problem that has prevented thousands of people who were unable to verify their identity from shopping for health plans. Many users of the website have had their applications cast into limbo after they uploaded copies of documents like driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and voter registration cards, or sent them to the office of the federal insurance marketplace in London, Ky. Administration officials said the government had established strict procedures to verify that More bad polling news for Obama American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson - 11/25/2013 10:21:09 PM "Trust is like virginity: once you lose it it´s hard to get it back." So spoke pollster John Zogby, commenting on his latest poll on President Obama´s handling of his office. Quoted by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner: "Most ominous for Mr. Obama is that 57 percent now disapprove of his job. That is his worst number yet. This includes 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women; 51 percent of moderates, 24 percent of liberals and 24 percent of Democrats; 66 percent of independents and 40 percent of Hispanics. Meanwhile, a separate poll by CNN/ORC International found: 53% Obama defends Iran nuclear deal,attacks critics for ‘bluster’ Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan Dreadnought- 11/25/2013 9:58:34 PM Under fire in Washington and Jerusalem for the deal his administration struck on Iran’s nuclear program, President Obama said Monday that the choice was between taking the agreement being offered or abandoning diplomacy with Tehran altogether. “We cannot close the door on diplomacy, and we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems,” Mr. Obama said as he spoke in San Francisco. “Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it is not the right thing for our security.” Mr. Obama is facing push-back from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress who say the
A little holiday rantbefore all the fa-la-la Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm - 11/25/2013 9:26:19 PM Standby for holiday launch! Remember back in eighth grade the kid named Joel who got straight A´s? And everyone pretty much hated him because he was doing what we all silently knew we were supposed to be doing? Well now, in the week that brings us the predictable TV news of massive Thanksgiving travel delays and Black Friday insanity comes official statistical word that the Joel´s of America have already finished all their Christmas shopping. Exactly a month before the Air Force´s NORAD tracks the Big Man´s magic sleigh flight from the North Pole, nearly 10% of all Americans have got California bond sale for high-speedrail project blocked by judge Reuters, by Jim Christie schnapps- 11/25/2013 9:09:11 PM San Francisco - A California judge ruled on Monday against the state´s plan to issue more than $8 billion in bonds to help build an 800-mile high-speed train system and rescinded the project´s funding plan, which estimates the system´s cost at $68 billion. Judge Michael Kenny of Sacramento County Superior Court said in a written ruling that there was too little information to support the decision by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to move forward with the debt sale. (snip) In a separate decision, Kenny ordered the rail authority to rescind its funding plan for the statewide passenger rail system but Obama raises funds among the stars The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink - 11/25/2013 9:02:23 PM President Obama will attend a pair of star-studded Hollywood fundraisers on Monday night, according to details of the events provided by an aide to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The gatherings — one at the home of NBA superstar Magic Johnson, and the other at home of Hollywood producer Haim Saban — will benefit a joint fundraising committee aiding Democratic House and Senate candidates. The cocktail reception at Johnson’s home is expected to draw 160 attendees, including actors Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Keaton. The Hall of Fame Lakers star also recruited current NBA players — including Los Angeles Clippers Flashback To July 2008 WhenPresident Bush Criticized AnUnnamed Candidate For WantingTo Negotiate With Terrorists Breitbart the Conversation, by Debra Heine - 11/25/2013 8:48:20 PM During the election year of 2008, Republicans were full of "tough talk and bluster" as they warned Obama that his plan to negotiate with rogue regime´s like Iran was a very bad idea. John McCain put out a press release in May of 2008 suggesting that Obama´s desire to negotiate with rogue regimes was a product of his naivete of how these types of regimes operate. After Senator Obama’s own advisors and supporters backtracked from his stated desire to hold summit meetings with the leaders of the world’s worst regimes, Senator Obama himself has begun to reinterpret his stand. He
Larry King Laments the Demise ofTalk Radio, ‘Crazies’ Like Limbaugh Mediaite, by Matt Willstein JoniTx- 11/25/2013 8:40:24 PM It’s been a long time since Larry King was doing talk radio and a whole has changed in the media since he began his career as a broadcaster in Miami. During an interview with comedian Marc Maron (Snip) King spoke out about how unhappy he is with the current state of talk radio, a form he takes credit for pioneering with his early interview shows. “I was the beginning of talk radio,” King said, emphasizing that he was first national talk show host. Asked by Maron is he likes what the media has “evolved into” King said “No, because it Time´s Halperin: ´Press Failedto Scrutinize´ ObamaCare Newsbusters, by Brad Wilmouth JoniTx- 11/25/2013 8:34:03 PM Appearing as a guest on Thursday´s The O´Reilly Factor on FNC to promote his book, Double Down: Game Change 2012, Time magazine´s Mark Halperin recounted that the media did not "scrutinize" ObamaCare before its passage or during the 2012 presidential election, although he also placed some blame on Republicans for nominating former Governor Mitt Romney who was known for pushing a health care plan in Massachusetts. After substitute host Laura Ingraham complained that concerns about ObamaCare "were routinely dismissed" in the media, Halperin responded: There is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage Obama: ´Sometimes People ForgetI´m Not Running for Office Again´ Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier JoniTx- 11/25/2013 8:30:49 PM At a stop in San Francisco on a three-day fund raising swing along the West Coast, President Obama said during a speech that "sometimes people forget I´m not running for office again." The president was talking about Republicans in Congress and the immigration reform that he is trying to get through the House: And some of them even forget that I´m -- sometimes people forget I´m not running for office again. Michelle doesn’t forget. (Laughter and applause.) So you don’t have to worry about this somehow being good for me. This is good for the country. It´s the right thing to Our world: The goal ofObama’s foreign policy Jerusalem Post [Israel], by CAROLINE B. GLICK MDMuskrat- 11/25/2013 8:10:01 PM It isn’t surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible. (snip) Iran will achieve nuclear capability while enriching itself through the deal because the deal gives Iran sanctions relief without requiring Iran to make any irreversible concessions. Indeed, Iran just received the international community’s permission to continue to enrich uranium, keep all its nuclear installations open and build new centrifuges.
Stoning for adulterers may becomelegal again in Afghanistan Reuters, by Jessica Donati viola- 11/25/2013 7:45:53 PM KABUL – Death by stoning for convicted adulterers is being written into Afghan law, a senior official said on Monday, the latest sign that human rights won at great cost since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 are rolling back as foreign troops withdraw. "We are working on the draft of a sharia penal code where the punishment for adultery, if there are four eyewitnesses, is stoning," said Rohullah Qarizada, who is part of the sharia Islamic law committee working on the draft and head of the Afghan Independent Bar Association. Bloomberg´s Last Crusade:Banning Styrofoam Cups Breitbart´s Big Government, by Frances Martel mitzi- 11/25/2013 7:40:01 PM With the sun finally setting on the Bloomberg empire, New York City´s fastidious mayor attempts to seal his legacy by tackling the most dangerous threat facing America´s largest city: styrofoam cups? Yes, it´s true--the non-biodegradable material is Public Enemy Number One these days at City Hall, where the City Council´s Sanitation Committee is holding a hearing on banning the use and sale of "plastic foam cups and plates" at the request of the mayor. The ban had been proposed earlier this year, but with little time left in Bloomberg´s tenure, he is making sure the city addresses the foamy material The Next ObamaCare Mirage Wall Street Journal, by Thomas Miller And Abby McCloskey - 11/25/2013 7:37:13 PM Supporters of President Obama are working overtime to backtrack from his promise that "If you like your health-care insurance, you can keep it. Period." While the president has conceded that this statement was inaccurate, the administration doesn´t seem to have learned its lesson. The damage control plan is to spread another falsehood about the Affordable Care Act. The claim this time is that the health-care "cost curve is bending, and the ACA is a significant part of the reason." That was what David Cutler —an influential Harvard economist and senior health-care adviser in Mr. Obama´s 2008 presidential campaign—wrote in a Washington Worse Than Munich Wall Street Journal, by Bret Stephens - 11/25/2013 7:34:16 PM To adapt Churchill : Never in the field of global diplomacy has so much been given away by so many for so little. Britain and France´s capitulation to Nazi Germany at Munich has long been a byword for ignominy, moral and diplomatic. Yet neither Neville Chamberlain nor Édouard Daladier had the public support or military wherewithal to stand up to Hitler in September 1938. Britain had just 384,000 men in its regular army; the first Spitfire aircraft only entered RAF service that summer. "Peace for our time" it was not, but at least appeasement bought the West a year to rearm. The China Imposes No-FlyZone Over Japanese Islands Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial - 11/25/2013 7:33:20 PM Maritime Grab: Iran isn´t the only nuclear threat to worry about. As its military and economy have grown, so too have China´s dreams of dominating an island chain centered on Taiwan and including Japan´s Senkakus. China´s increased belligerence in the region is part of its plan to control the Yellow Sea, the South China Sea and the larger East China Sea. Its military doctrine refers to dominance over the "first island chain," which encompasses the East China Sea. The next step is dominance over what Beijing calls the second island chain extending from Japan to Indonesia. Some analysts have even speculated about
Report Says Newtown ShooterObsessed With Mass Murders Wall Street Journal, by Joseph De Avila - 11/25/2013 7:31:07 PM The young man who attacked a Newtown, Conn., elementary school last year, killing 20 children and six staff members, was obsessed with mass murders, especially the 1999 assault on Columbine High School in Colorado, according to an investigative report released Monday. The report on the Dec. 14 rampage by shooter Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary provided the most detailed account to date of the crime, which shook the nation and sparked a political fight over gun violence. Investigators described a 20-year-old man diagnosed with Asperger´s syndrome who didn´t like to be touched and grew increasingly remote as he grew older. However, the Liberty Means More ThanWashington´s Credibility Investor´s Business Daily, by Doug Bandow - 11/25/2013 7:28:30 PM Most Americans didn´t notice that the federal government had closed earlier this year. Now, with ObamaCare in chaos, most Americans have forgotten it ever closed. Other nations may not be as forgiving. It was widely suggested that the shutdown undercut America´s position as a great power, but Americans must debate fundamental issues despite the criticism of foreign governments. Some analysts warned that the partisan budget deadlock would ruin America´s international reputation. For instance, Sina Toossi of Foreign Policy in Focus argued: "It is clear that politicking in Washington is reaching the point where consequential damage is being done to the broader and Iran Nuclear Deal Worst NewsSince Hitler Appeasement Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial - 11/25/2013 7:26:21 PM Iran: The nuclear deal with Tehran is right out of the Neville Chamberlain appeasement playbook. A straight line can be drawn from President Obama´s 2009 overture to Islamists and this historic misjudgment. The Great Appeaser, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, is best known for his September 1938 "peace for our time" speech hailing the Munich Agreement. But six months later, even after Kristallnacht and just after the Munich-breaking Czechoslovakia occupation, he was still denying reality. "I hoped in going to Munich to find out by personal contact what was in Herr Hitler´s mind," Chamberlain said in March 1939, quoting the Fuehrer´s assurances
Iran’s Nuclear Future:Looking Past America National Review Online, by Pete Hegseth Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 6:42:18 PM This morning’s Wall Street Journal has an excellent op-ed from Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies — an advocacy organization that has been central to imposing strong sanctions on Iran. Mark is a smart and sober guy, and his joint op-ed dismantles the fallacy that this “Iranian nuclear deal” is anything but a win for Tehran. For details on the deal, I encourage a read. While reading the piece, I noticed an accompanying photo — a picture of Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shaking the hand of Secretary of State John Kerry after the deal Jesse Jackson: Obama Facing‘Most Hostility’ Ever for President National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 6:37:37 PM Appearing on Arsenio Hall’s talk show over the weekend, ?Jesse Jackson defended both President Obama, who he said has faced heretofore unseen advsersity as president, as well as Jackson’s embattled son, who he said “had the best voting record in the Congress” before he was sentenced by unfair laws. On the president, Jackson praised him for “serving us well against the most hostility an American president has ever had” and “more attempts to derail his legislation then in the history of the country.” Between job creation and his efforts in Iraq, President Obama has “maintained a kind of dignity” without stooping Report: McConnell Targets NebraskaConservative Candidate Ben Sasse Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee mikkins2- 11/25/2013 6:17:33 PM After the Senate Conservative Fund (SCF) endorsed Matt Bevin, the Tea Party challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), McConnell has reportedly gone on a rampage against SCF allies and the conservative candidates it has endorsed. Most recently, McConnell reportedly directed his anger at Nebraska conservative Senate candidate Ben Sasse, whom the SCF has endorsed in the open primary. According to National Review, on November 12, "Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air" and let him know he never intended to oppose McConnell´s leadership, but McConnell was having none of it.
Obama: If I Could Bypass Congresson Immigration, ‘I Would Do So’ National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 6:16:22 PM During remarks on immigration, President Obama was confronted onstage by a protester calling on him to use executive power to bypass Congress on the issue. The protester, standing behind the president during a speech in San Francisco, was joined by others who began to chant “Stop deportation!” “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing them through Congress, I would do so,” President Obama responded. “But we’re also a nation of laws.” During his remarks, the president praised supporters of the Senate bill, including activists fasting on the National Mall, and encouraged House Speaker John Boehner, whom he said World saved? Hardly. More a finalcountdown to nuclear blackmail and war Melanie´s Blog*, by Melanie Phillips Attercliffe- 11/25/2013 5:48:16 PM One by one, the commentators have today fallen like dominoes. Presented with the transparent victory by Iran over the rest of the world at Geneva, they have eagerly swallowed the line they have been fed that this is a ‘historic’ step towards peace with Iran whose nuclear wings have now been clipped. Journalists who would normally ask themselves ‘why is this lying b**tard lying to me?’if a western politician merely said ‘hello, nice day isn’t it’ (apart, of course, from The One) have suspended all independent powers of observation and thought over this risible farce of a deal. Viewing it through the prism of Travelers cast wary eyeas storm moves eastward Associated Press, by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ and DAVID WARREN FlyRight- 11/25/2013 5:40:53 PM DALLAS - A winter storm system blamed for at least 10 fatal accidents in the West and Texas threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans traveling this week.Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said, mirroring disruptions at the air hub a day earlier. Some of the country´s busiest airports - New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. - could see big delays. Icy roads led to hundreds of accidents and at least 10 deaths, half We Won´t Be Distractedfrom the Obamacare Fraud Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 5:28:48 PM RUSH: In the Health Care Stack today there must be three/maybe four stories from people who believed Obama´s promise and then found that not only are they not being charged $2,500 less for their premiums and they don´t get to keep their plan with their doctor, they´re finding out that their costs are doubling and tripling -- and they´re livid. They´re mad. "Yeah, well, the American people should have known. "We´re Americans. We should know this," and I agree. Everything would be so much better if the American people just knew. But try as hard as so many of us did,
´We´ve got to finish the job´: Obama takeson hecklers to doubles down on immigrationreform claiming it would boost economyand shrink deficit Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Martosko Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 5:13:09 PM During a token policy appearance Monday in San Francisco, President Obama railed against Republicans for standing in the way of his ´comprehensive´ immigration reform plans that would extend an amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. ´We´ve got to finish the job,´ Obama said, referring to bipartisan legislation that passed the U.S. Senate in June but has long stalled in the House. ´It is long past time to reform an immigration system that doesn´t serve America as well as it should,´ he told a crowd estimated at 600. ´We could be doing so much more to unleash America´s potential.´ Protesters interrupted him at one Barry Seizes MorePower as He Falls in Polls Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 5:11:10 PM RUSH: Have you noticed, ladies and gentlemen, that the more Obama falls in the polls, the more power he seizes? Seems to me that that is the case. Okay, we´ve got details on the CNN poll. Bad for Obama. Sliding underwater, personal qualities, personal likability slipping away in a CNN poll. CNN distressed. That and more of your phone calls when we get back. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: And we´re back, folks. It´s Rush Limbaugh, this the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. And, as usual, half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair while we meet and exceed, surpass all Source: Netanyahu ScoldedObama in Phone Call on Iran Deal Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 5:08:08 PM "The prime minister made it clear to the most powerful man on earth that if he intends to stay the most powerful man on earth, it´s important to make a change in American policy because the practical result of his current policy is liable to lead him to the same failure that the Americans absorbed in North Korea and Pakistan, and Iran could be next in line." That was the message conveyed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to President Barack Obama in a private telephone call Sunday to discuss the interim deal on Iran´s nuclear program, according to a senior Obama Lets IranHave Nuclear Weapons Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 5:04:27 PM RUSH: I wonder what the deal clincher was. Did Obama promise the supreme leader of Iran that, if he liked his health care plan, he could keep it? What was it that cinched this deal? Man, oh, man, oh, man. These people will do anything to distract us from how bad Obamacare is, including let the Iranians get a nuclear weapon down the road. It´s unbelievable. And you know what they´re counting on? They´re counting on the fact that most people don´t care about Iran. They´re counting on the fact that there´s a Libertarian view out there that says, "Well,
California Dreamin´ Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 5:01:12 PM "It goes without saying that the rollout of Obamacare was an epic disaster," writes Paul Krugman in the New York Times. That´s quite an admission from the guy who touted the failed exchanges´ "Good Glitches" back on Day 1. But don´t worry, Krugman hasn´t really changed his mind. He poses the question: "What would happen if we unveiled a program that looked like Obamacare, in a place that looked like America, but with competent project management that produced a working website?" Then he answers it: "Well, your wish is granted. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you California." All right, take California. Please. Survey: 21 of 53 Bay State Obamacarestaffers make more than $100G a year Boston Herald, by Chris Cassidy John c- 11/25/2013 4:53:11 PM A stunning 40 percent of the staff at the state agency that oversees the glitch-plagued, befuddling $69 million Obamacare website earn six-figure salaries, according to payroll numbers obtained by the Herald. Some 21 of the 53 employees at the Massachusetts Health Connector make more than $100,000 a year, even as Bay Staters struggle to sign up for health care through a website beset by slow speeds and technical difficulties and a call center with frequently long hold times. Topping the list is Executive Director Jean Yang, who is pulling down $179,243. Chief Operating Officer Roni Mansu earns $178,415, while General Capt. Kirk takes command of Navydestroyer USS Zumwalt…no, really Associated Press, by Staff - 11/25/2013 4:33:53 PM Captain Kirk’s futuristic-looking vessel sports cutting-edge technology, new propulsion and powerful armaments, but this ship isn’t the Starship Enterprise. The skipper of the stealthy Zumwalt is Navy Capt. James Kirk, and yes, he’s used to the jokes about the name he shares with the TV starship commander played by actor William Shatner. Kirk takes it in stride. “I don’t take any offense,” he told The Associated Press in an interview. “If it’s a helpful moniker that brings attention to help us to do what we need to do to get the ship into the fleet and into combat operations, then that’s Video Shows Monticello Mayor Cursing,Breaking Clock After DWI Arrest WCBS-TV News [New York City], by Staff DW626- 11/25/2013 4:31:32 PM MONTICELLO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A video recording shows the mayor of the Sullivan County municipality of Monticello in a heated confrontation after being arrested by his own police officers. (Snip) He was taken into custody after showing up to take a look at a serious car accident on Main Street. A volunteer firefighter noticed the mayor looked drunk, according to police, and notified law enforcement. Jenkins was arrested on the spot. In a video recorded at his own police headquarters, a man identified as Jenkins was shown seated in a chair with one hand handcuffed to a wall. During the first
White House not following ´ups anddowns´ of Obama´s poll numbers Washington Examiner (DC), by Meghashyam Mali - 11/25/2013 4:18:41 PM The White House on Monday downplayed a slew of polls showing the public losing confidence in President Obama amid the botched rollout of his health care reform law. “We don’t follow the ups and downs of individual polls,” White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One, traveling with President Obama to San Francisco. “What we are looking at are the broader trends. A number of polls in recent weeks have shown Obama hitting new lows in his approval rating and with record numbers questioning his trustworthiness and managerial competence. A CNN/ORC poll released Monday morning Manchester School Board Member:I´m Leaving Democratic Party Hartford Courant [CT], by Jesse Leavenworth - 11/25/2013 4:15:02 PM MANCHESTER — Citing "philosophical differences" with Democratic party leadership, school board Secretary Neal Leon said Monday that he will not seek the nomination to continue in that position and will leave the party. The board is scheduled to meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center. Leon, who is serving a 2012-15 term, said he would be "switching to an Independent in the near future." His dissatisfaction is not with school board Chairman Chris Pattacini or any other board member, Leon wrote in an email.(Snip) "I have always cast votes that were in the best interest of the students and Obama´s Immigration SpeechWas Interrupted by a Heckleron Stage with Him The Wire, by Philip Bump - 11/25/2013 4:08:07 PM During his speech from San Francisco on Monday, President Obama was heckled by someone from an unexpected group: one of the people selected to stand onstage behind him. Near the end of Obama´s speech, a man standing about five rows behind him interrupted the president to call for the president to sign an executive order ending the deportation of undocumented immigrants. For a brief period, the man and and others in the audience chanted, "Stop deportation! Yes, we can!" When Secret Service moved in to remove the protestor, Obama told them not to. Instead, the president — clearly miffed — Compassion for the ‘stranger’ can’toutweigh the nation’s best interests Washington Times, by Aryeh Spero Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 3:55:23 PM An Immigration activist, protesting deportations of people who are in the country illegally, blocks the front gate of a building that houses federal immigration authorities Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Atlanta. Eight immigration activists were taken into custody after they locked arms and some of them chained themselves to the gates outside the offices. Information on possible charges faced by the protesters wasn’t immediately available. Some in religious circles are invoking the Biblical verse “Thou shalt not afflict the stranger” as justification for awarding illegal immigrants a full basket of ongoing social services, as well as a “fast track to Liberal Professor Tells White MaleStudents To Commit Suicide ToBenefit Society Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 3:47:50 PM Noel Ignatiev, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has for years advocated the total elimination of Caucasians. During his final lecture before retirement last Monday, he told his white male students "you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease." NOEL IGNATIEV: If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a
Poll: Public happier withown healthcare than nation´s The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Elise Viebeck Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 3:44:54 PM People in the United States view their own healthcare far more favorably than the national system, according to a new poll. In its annual healthcare survey, Gallup found that people tend to rate their own healthcare coverage more highly than they rate the quality of care in the United States. Sixty-nine percent of people rate their personal health insurance as excellent or good, while only 32 percent view the nation´s as highly, according to the Nov. 7-10 poll. The strong level of personal satisfaction with healthcare contrasts with a jump in the number of people who view healthcare as the nation´s second most Russian Prison Stuns Captainof Greenpeace’s Bombed Ship Bloomberg News, by Henry Meyer NorthernDog- 11/25/2013 3:43:36 PM The captain of a Greenpeace ship released on bail after two months of detention in a Russian prison following an Arctic protest said he and his fellow activists remain in shock at their treatment. American Peter Willcox, who was also in charge of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior when it was sunk in Auckland in 1985 by a bomb planted by the French intelligence service, said the organization again found itself in the crosshairs of a government bent on throttling the environmental group. “There is a similarity between the two cases,” with both the French and Russian governments targeting Greenpeace to prevent Socialist, Communist authors makeObama administration reading list Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley Original Article Posted By: Desert Fox- 11/25/2013 3:40:54 PM Post Reply Socialist, Communist, and McCarthy-era blacklisted writers appear on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “Books That Shaped Work in America” list celebrating the department’s 100th anniversary. A Socialist leader, two Stalin apologists, two blacklisted ’50s screenwriters, and a suspected Marxist are included on the list, which DOL compiled based on recommendations from various figures in the community. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez described the program as an “online book club.” Better not invite Tailgunner Joe McCarthy. The first two reds on the list are Sidney and Beatrice Webb, who made it for their 1897 work “Industrial Democracy,” recommended by Carter administration Labor Secretary
A guide to surviving Obamacaredebates at Thanksgiving Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff Wetlandz- 11/25/2013 3:12:31 PM Ah, Thanksgiving: That treasured, American holiday where you can eat an incredibly uncomfortable amount of food and have incredibly uncomfortable political conversations, all at the same time! This Thanksgiving, it´s a pretty safe bet that debates over Obamacare will be just about as central as turkey. As Wonkblog readers hit the road and head home, we didn´t want to leave you totally unprepared. Here´s a guide to the questions you might get -- and their answers. This is probably the most obvious question to come up on Thursday: How busted is this law? These questions might refer to recent reports that HealthCare.gov Herring wins Virginia attorneygeneral race, elections board announces Washington Post, by Laura Vozzella JoniTx- 11/25/2013 3:07:59 PM RICHMOND — The state Board of Elections on Monday certified Democrat Mark R. Herring as the winner of the Nov. 5 election for Virginia attorney general, even as the board chairman raised questions about the “integrity” of the vote tallies. A recount seems likely in the closest-ever statewide election in Virginia history, although the losing candidate did not immediately call for one. Herring, a state senator from Loudoun County, beat state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), by 165 votes out of more than 2 million cast. Herring had 1,103,777 votes to Obenshain’s 1,103,612, according to the certified tally. Herring and Obenshain Anthem Blue Cross posts SocialSecurity, tax numbers of 5,900 doctors Los Angeles Times, by Chad Terhune JoniTx- 11/25/2013 3:03:43 PM In a departure from most medical privacy cases, Anthem Blue Cross said it accidentally posted online Social Security or tax identification numbers for about 5,900 California doctors. Anthem, a unit of insurance giant WellPoint Inc., said the private information was mistakenly included with its online provider directory for about 24 hours late last month. The state´s largest for-profit health insurer said once it identified the error, it removed the information from its website. Anthem said this breach didn´t involve any patient data. Most medical privacy cases involve hospitals or insurers exposing sensitive patient information. An Anthem spokesman said the company
ONE KEY THING THE OBAMAADMINISTRATION ISN’T TELLINGYOU ABOUT THE IRAN DEAL Power Line, by John Hinderaker TeapartyM- 11/25/2013 3:00:10 PM Under the agreement reached in Geneva over the weekend, Iran is permitted to keep one-half of the uranium it has enriched to the 20% level, and is required to dilute the remaining one-half to 5% U-235. It is allowed to continue enriching uranium, but agrees not to take that process beyond 5% U-235 during the next six months. No doubt many people who hear about those terms will be reassured, thinking that 5% enrichment, and even 20%, represents only a small percentage of the total effort needed to create the materials for a nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, this is not the Yale Univ. says person withgun reported on campus CBS News, by Staff JoniTx- 11/25/2013 2:55:04 PM NEW HAVEN, Conn. - New Haven police are investigating reports that a gunman was seen Monday morning on the campus of Yale University, reports CBS affiliate WFSB. According to Yale´s emergency management website, the gunman was reportedly seen on the university´s Old Campus. SWAT teams were sighted on Old Campus and a public address announcement was broadcast in dorm rooms, tweeted the Yale Daily News. Police said they received an anonymous call from a phone booth in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue reporting the sighting, reports WFSB. Yale police, New Haven police and state police are on the scene, "actively President Obama visits L.A.:Here are streets to avoid,LAPD says Los Angeles Times, by Ari Bloomekatz & Kate Linthicum JoniTx- 11/25/2013 2:52:38 PM Officials are warning drivers to plan ahead as Los Angeles braces for President Obama´s motorcade and the impact it will have on traffic as he moves from one appearance to the other. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, with appearances at three fundraisers and a tour of DreamWorks Animation SKG on his itinerary. The Los Angeles Police Department has released a guide listing areas to avoid. They include: Streets surrounding Los Angeles International Airport, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday -Westwood and Beverly Hills (from the 405 Freeway to La Cienega Boulevard, and from Few attend local healthinsurance exchange seminars Daily Times (NM), by Leigh Black Irvin cjjeepercreeper- 11/25/2013 2:00:26 PM FARMINGTON — Officials from the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange have reached out to communities throughout the state to explain the exchange and new insurance plans, periodically holding seminars in San Juan County. But many of those seminars have been sparsely attended. A free health insurance exchange seminar and dinner scheduled last week in Bloomfield was cancelled due to a lack of response. "We advertised for three weeks before, put it on our reader board and hand-delivered invitations to various doctor´s offices and small businesses," said Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce President Janet Mackey. "We only had seven people RSVP, and since we
Zimbabwe: Foreigners must closeshops by Jan 1 Associated Press, by staff schnapps- 11/25/2013 1:47:46 PM Harare - Zimbabwean authorities say they have given foreign shop-owners - mostly Chinese and Nigerian nationals - an ultimatum to shut down their businesses by 1 January. A top official of the black empowerment ministry said only Zimbabweans had the right to run shops that have sprung up across the country and are termed foreign businesses targeted under the nation´s black empowerment laws, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported Friday.(snip)According to state media, shop owners who fail to comply will be arrested. Ancient wine cellar revealsa sophisticated drink Associated Press, by Malcolm Ritter Ribicon- 11/25/2013 1:10:25 PM New York — Scientists have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wine cellar in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in Israel, and chemical analysis shows this is where they kept the good stuff. Samples from the ceramic jars suggest they held a luxurious beverage that was evidently reserved for banquets, researchers said. “It’s not wine that somebody is just going to come home from a hard day and kick back and drink,” said Andrew Koh of Brandeis University. He found signs of a blend of ingredients that may have included honey, mint, cedar, tree resins and cinnamon bark. The discovery confirms how Contracts to buy U.S. homesfalls for fifth month Associated Press, by Christopher S. Rugaber Ribicon- 11/25/2013 1:08:07 PM Washington — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in October for the fifth straight month. Higher mortgage rates, price increases and the 16-day partial government shutdown held back sales. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dipped 0.6 percent to 102.1. That’s the lowest level since December. September’s reading was revised slightly higher to 102.7. There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The drop suggests final sales will remain weak in the coming months. The Realtors’ group said Strict diet helps halt seizuresfor epileptic child Journal Gazette, by Steve Warden konocti95- 11/25/2013 1:01:42 PM FORT WAYNE – The little girl with long, dark hair sat on the sofa and nestled protectively beside her parents as they took turns telling a remarkable story of how she fought epilepsy and how she has beaten it for a year and a half. For 10 about minutes – not much longer – Autumn Forti listened patiently, perhaps reliving moments she would prefer to forget and maybe someday will.
Why opposition to guncontrol has increased overthe last half-century Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone - 11/25/2013 12:54:07 PM Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control — specifically, banning handguns or pistols — has decreased dramatically since the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1959 Gallup reported that 60% of Americans favored banning possession of "pistols and revolvers," while now 74% oppose banning "the possession of handguns," except by police. Caplan seems puzzled by this substantial change in opinion. I think it´s explainable by two developments. (1) Violent crime roughly tripled between 1965 and 1975. As Caplan´s graph of Gallup´s results shows, majorities came to oppose handgun bans during this period. Americans saw more need to protect themselves. (2) The success Companies Prepare to PassMore Health Costs to Workers Wall Street Journal, by Theo Francis shalimar- 11/25/2013 12:50:36 PM Companies are bracing for an influx of participants in their insurance plans due to the health-care overhaul, adding to pressure to shift more of the cost of coverage to employees. Many employers are betting that the Affordable Care Act´s requirement that all Americans have health insurance starting in 2014 will bring more people into their plans who have previously opted out. That, along with other rising expenses, is prompting companies to raise workers´ premium contributions, steer them toward high-deductible plans and charge them more to cover family members. Conn. Home InvasionSurvivor Welcomes Baby Boy ABC News, by Staff barbcrose- 11/25/2013 12:41:22 PM The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion has a new infant son. The baby was born over the weekend to Dr. William Petit (PEHT´-it) and his wife Christine. The former Christine Paluf met Petit while volunteering for the Petit Family Foundation. William Petit created the charity in memory of his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela. John Boehner’s premiums spikeunder Obamacare Politico, by Jonathan Allen shalimar- 11/25/2013 11:48:54 AM House Speaker John Boehner’s health insurance premiums will nearly double — and his deductibles will almost triple — as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to figures provided by his office at POLITICO’s request. Don’t expect to hear the Ohio Republican complain about his personal price spike, but he’s one of many older lawmakers and aides who are just finding out how much more they will have to pay as they move from the old Federal Employees Health Benefits system to coverage in the District of Columbia’s new health insurance exchange ...
President´s marks as managertake hit in new CNN/ORC poll CNN, by Staff PageTurner- 11/25/2013 11:25:46 AM Washington - Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way. According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal NY troopers in big SUVs peerin on texting drivers Associated Press, by Jim Fitzgerald JoniTx- 11/25/2013 11:24:33 AM MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y.— Even for a state trooper, it´s not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they´re probably not moving their lips. That´s why New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers´ hands, part of one of the nation´s most aggressive attacks on texting while driving that also includes steeper penalties and dozens of highway "Texting Zones," where motorists can pull over to use their devices. "Look at that," Trooper Clayton Howell says, pulling alongside a black BMW while The Death of Intrade Reason.com, by Katherine Mangu-Ward - 11/25/2013 11:21:10 AM If you´ve heard of Intrade, you probably know about the site´s impressive record predicting the outcome of the last several U.S. presidential elections. Last November, traders at the online prediction market correctly called every state except Florida and Virginia. In 2008, Intrade missed Barack Obama´s final Electoral College tally by just a single vote. (snip) But just 20 days after Intrade´s electoral triumph, the federal government launched proceedings that would eventually shut the site down. On November 26, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed suit in a Washington, D.C., district court against the Ireland-based firm, alleging that Intrade Obama makes room for fundraisers, golf inhis schedule despite Obamacare troubles Daily Caller, by Caroline May Sparky86- 11/25/2013 11:11:46 AM The bungled rollout of President Obama’s signature health care law might have kept the president away from Gettysburg, but it has not kept him off the links or away from the fundraising circuit. Since the launch of the HealthCare.gov on October 1, Obama has gone golfing five times and attended ten fundraisers — with five more scheduled for the beginning of this week — while Obamacare’s favorability has hit all time lows. ObamaCare slams smokers withsky-high premium costs could backfire Fox News, by William La Jeunesse Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2013 11:05:47 AM Post Reply ObamaCare may have backfired in its goal of making smoking so expensive that users quit, public health experts say, as sky-high insurance premiums force smokers to drop coverage altogether and lose smoking cessation programs along with it. "Tobacco surcharges are not proven to help tobacco users quit and there are major concerns that they will prevent people from getting health care coverage," the American Lung Association´s Jennifer Singleterry said. The ALA supports the Affordable Care Act, as does the American Cancer Society, but both oppose the tobacco penalty because they believe it makes insurance unaffordable for smokers. "Charging tobacco users
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Angelina Buys Brad HeartShaped Island for His 50th Breitbart the Conversation, by Jon David Kahn JoniTx- 11/25/2013 11:00:43 AM Located just 50 miles off the U.S. coast, north of New York City, sits Petra, a heart-shaped island that now belongs to Brad Pitt, after Angelina reportedly shelled out £12.2million to buy it for his 50th birthday. Pitt is apparently an architect fanatic, so when Jolie discovered that the island´s only two homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, she was sold. Pitt once said,“When I discovered Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, it changed my life.” A source revealed that “as soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed. Congressman Challenges Facebook´sZuckerberg to Tour Insecure U.S. Border Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle JoniTx- 11/25/2013 10:50:29 AM Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said on Sunday that billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg should either drop his lobbying for amnesty via FWD.us or come with him for a real first-hand look at how America’s borders are not secure. "If Mr. Zuckerberg insists on weighing in on immigration I invite him to take off his rose-colored glasses and come tour the Arizona border with me,” Gosar said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “The people of my district know that until we secure our borders no solution will work.” Zuckberg has recently renewed his push for amnesty for America’s at least Zogby Report Card: Highest-yetjob disapproval at 57% Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard grace52- 11/25/2013 10:20:35 AM Pollster John Zogby reveals in our weekly White House report card that more people than ever disapprove of President Obama´s job performance and that it´s unlikely he will return to his once lofty job approval highs. "Trust is like virginity: once you lose it it´s hard to get it back." “Our brand new Zogby Analytics poll (November 18, 895 likely voters) shows President Obama's approval rating at 41 percent, not his lowest, but down two points from just three days before. “Most ominous for Mr. Obama is that 57 percent now disapprove of his job. That is his worst number yet. This includes 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women; 51 percent of moderates, 24 percent of liberals and 24 percent of Democrats; 66 percent of independents and 40 percent of Hispanics.
Tomorrow´s TechnologicalBreakthroughs: Hiding inPlain Sight? American Magazine, by Edward Tenner eagleblurst- 11/25/2013 9:56:44 AM As Paul Krugman details in a recent column, many mainstream economists are concerned that a depressed economy may be the new norm. The case “was made forcefully recently at the most ultrarespectable of venues, the IMF’s big annual research conference,” he writes. Robert J. Gordon, Stanley G. Harris Professor at Northwestern University, has dismissed the job-creating potential of technological optimists’ favorite projects like biotechnology and self-driving cars, and concluded: “The future of American economic growth is dismal, and policy solutions are elusive.” Among others, the economics Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps has deplored the decline of America’s innovative spirit. Valerie Jarrett reportedlydating a Muslim American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 11/25/2013 9:54:57 AM Normally, I don´t traffic much in gossip, but the case of Valerie Jarrett is different. She may well be the most powerful woman in America, and almost certainly is the most powerful member of the Obama administration. The adjective "shadowy" definitely applies to this woman who enjoys her power through her relationship to the President, having never been confirmed by Senate hearings. Her title as "Senior Adviser" to the President barely scratches the surface of her real power. President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise on March Madness bracketology because ValJar, For Obama, EverythingIs About Politics Real Clear Politics, by Salena Zito Ruhn- 11/25/2013 9:54:54 AM WASHINGTON - Two minutes after the start of an event he was scheduled to headline, President Barack Obama stepped into his limo for the 13-minute ride to the Four Seasons Hotel here. Inside the five-star hotel, 150 Wall Street CEOs waited. The crowd expected the president to deliver a speech filled with reassurances about the problems associated with ObamaCare. Instead, he offered biting partisan rhetoric that tried to blame Republicans for the failures of his signature health-care bill. In politics there is always an exit door. But policy is a much different room: Exits are hard to find because you The Progressive Myth of Creativity American Thinker, by Bruce Deitrich Price magnante- 11/25/2013 9:51:37 AM Creativity has been a big theme in progressive education for more than 75 years: We are constantly lectured that kids need music, art, theater, etc. This theme is now metastasizing into an oppressive dogma. But, why? Ken Robinson, the guru of creativity, is famous for saying "We are educating people out of their creative capacities." The premise seems to be: if kids do arty things, they will end up being artists. Empirically untrue. Conversely, Robinson says that if children do something rigorous and academic, they will be prevented from being creative. Dangerously untrue. Rearranging knowledge in new ways is arguably the very
New Warning: Morning-After PillDoesn´t Work for WomenOver 176 Pounds Mother Jones, by Molly Redden mitzi- 11/25/2013 9:37:39 AM Not as effective as you think. Courtesy Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. The European manufacturer of an emergency contraceptive pill identical to Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, will warn women that the drug is completely ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds, and begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. HRA Pharma, the French manufacturer of the European drug, Norlevo, is changing its packaging information to reflect the weight limits. European pharmaceutical regulators approved the change on November 10, but it has not been previously reported. This development has implications for American women. Obenshain could usenuclear option in AG race Times-Dispatch [Richmond, VA], by Jeff E. Schapiro - 11/25/2013 9:28:04 AM Republican Mark Obenshain is trailing Democrat Mark Herring for attorney general by 164 votes. Obenshain could win with as few as 71 — with not a single one cast by an ordinary Virginian. It is a nuclear option that takes the election out of the hands of the electorate. Obenshain could initiate what state law calls a “contest” in which the 140-member legislature decides the attorney generalship by a majority vote. That would be a minimum of 71. They shouldn’t be too difficult for Obenshain to round up. There are 87 Republican legislators. Many of them don’t like one bit that Kennedy´s charisma was on display Courier-Post [Cherry Hil, NJ], by Daniel A. Cirucci RightWriter- 11/25/2013 9:26:22 AM Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and we are awash in related stories and personal recollections. For our generation, those retellings are as significant as the story I heard so many times from my mother about how she was at home on a step stool hanging curtains in April 1945 when she heard over the radio that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had died. She never forgot it. But why should I tell you about where I was and what I was doing on Nov. 22, 1963, when I can tell you about the evening in June 1960 when I met JFK. Obama Gives Iran The Bomb American Spectator, by Jed Babbin drive- 11/25/2013 9:25:54 AM The agreement reached late Saturday night between Iran and the United States — and the rest of the United Nations’ “P5+1” gang — will enhance Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons whenever it decides to do so. It makes war in the Middle East nearly a certainty, rather than protecting us against it. For Obama — and while he is president, for us — there is no responsibility so great that it cannot be sacrificed to political expediency, no duty so grave that it cannot be ignored. America has an obligation to itself, and to allies such as Israel, to prevent Iran
Angola ´Bans Islam´, DismantlesMosques, According To News Reports International Business Times, by Connor Adams Sheets - 11/25/2013 9:22:51 AM A number of news outlets have reported that Angola has "banned" Islam and started to dismantle mosques in a bold effort to stem the spread of Muslim extremism. Weekly French-language Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune published an article on Friday sourcing "several" Angolan officials, including the Southwest African nation´s minister of culture, Rosa Cruz, who reportedly offered the following remarks, which have been translated from French: "The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice." The media reports have not described why exactly Islam apparently A little holiday rantbefore all the fa-la-la Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 11/25/2013 9:18:39 AM Standby for holiday launch! Remember back in eighth grade the kid named Joel who got straight A´s? And everyone pretty much hated him because he was doing what we all silently knew we were supposed to be doing? Well now, in the week that brings us the predictable TV news of massive Thanksgiving travel delays and Black Friday insanity comes official statistical word that the Joel´s of America have already finished all their Christmas shopping. Almost one-in-ten Americans are already all done! Inside a Twitter Robot Factory Wall Street Journal, by Jeff Elder drive- 11/25/2013 9:04:02 AM One day earlier this month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan. He then programmed the accounts to "follow" the Twitter account of rapper Dave Murrell, who calls himself Fyrare and pays Mr. Vidmar to boost his standing on the social network. Mr. Vidmar´s fake accounts also rebroadcast Mr. Murrell´s tweets, amplifying his Twitter voice. Mr. Murrell says he sometimes buys Twitter ads to raise his profile, "but you´ll get more with Jim." He says many Twitter users try to make their followings look bigger than they are. "If you´re not padding your numbers, Obama Chose Dishonor. American Thinker, by Shoula Romano Horing magnante- 11/25/2013 8:57:51 AM President Obama had to choose between dishonor and war and he chose dishonor. Now we will have war. He has dishonored U.S. allies in the Middle East, including Israel and the Persian Gulf states, by abandoning their security concerns regarding a nuclear Iran by believing that appeasing Iran is the only way to avoid war. These words are those of Churchill after the Munich Agreement(snip) Let us be clear. This agreement is a total U.S. defeat and Iranian victory. It is the first step toward a new U.S. policy of containment of Iran´s nuclear program. Despite desperate propaganda by Obama,
Media ignores Democratic infighting,abandonment of Obama Washington Times, by Joseph Curl garnet- 11/25/2013 8:54:01 AM One story the mainstream media just loves: Republicans at war. The party’s splintered to shreds, torn beyond repair, cut in two, broken asunder. They write it week after week. The House speaker loses a vote, boom, the Republican Party is ruptured. But guess what story they never write? This one. The Democratic Party is ripped to tatters. The fake lovefest that broke out after Hillary Rodham Clinton wandered off into the wilderness in June 2008 is over. She’s back, and so is her troublemaking husband (who last week advised President Obama to “honor” his commitment America Is One Step Closerto a One-Party Tyranny American Thinker, by Richard Winchester magnante- 11/25/2013 8:53:32 AM November 21, 2013, may be another date that will live in infamy. Instead of conventional bombs and aerial torpedoes exploding at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the "nuclear option" went off in the U.S. Senate at Washington, D.C. By a 52-48 vote, the Senate voted to change the institution´s regulations related to the filibuster, thereby emasculating a political minority´s ability to thwart, or at least delay, majoritarian dictatorship. A Senate minority can no longer thwart the president´s nominations of judges to lesser federal courts or of executive department officials. Although the filibuster can still be used in cases of nominations for the Supreme Court Liberalism Without a Cause American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson garnet- 11/25/2013 8:42:40 AM It was named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and that, right from the start, was, and is, is a double-barreled falsehood. To set the record straight, we can call this worm-infested rose by its proper name — the Patient Be Damned and let Premiums Rip Act. Since the official roll-out of the new law on Oct. 1, millions of people have lost their existing health care plans — and many or even most of those people are stumbling around in a state of shock, having discovered the sky-high replacement costs on the new insurance exchanges. The worst is yet to How predictive text plays havoc withBritish History and the Royal Family Telegraph [UK], by News Agencies - 11/25/2013 8:33:31 AM An author has rewritten the history of Britain using predictive text. Hugh Kellett, 57, looks at how different our past would be if it had been recorded using auto correct on a mobile phone. His new book Glitzch features famous figures from history such as Floral Nightgown (Florence Nightingale), Horny Nylons (Horatio Nelson) and Changes Darling (Charles Darwin). It also includes the Royal family such as Catering Middleman (Catherine Middleton), Vanilla Darker Vowels (Camilla Parker-Bowles), Problem of Males (Prince of Wales) and the Prince of Cartridges (The Prince of Cambridge). [Snip] Major events from history are remembered in the book, 3 Problems with Today’sObamacare Excuse Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus drive- 11/25/2013 8:20:59 AM No, you didn’t have to break these eggs to make an omelette: The latest, and probably most durable defense of Obamacare’s launch trouble appeals to the ancient liberal urge to redistribute. Pushed by semi-official Obamacare spinner Jonathan Gruber, this line most recently suffused a piece by John Harwood on the New York Times front page. The idea is basically that Obamacare is secretly (“shhh!” says Tim Noah) redistributive. Obama can’t use the term lest he scare the right, says Harwood. And if youre going to be redistributive, well, there have to be losers : “’Americans want a fair and fixed insurance
Slavery case: Suspects named asformer Maoist collective leaders Telegraph [UK], by Martin Evans - 11/25/2013 8:16:29 AM Two cult leaders suspected of enslaving three women for more than 30 years at a house in south London targeted vulnerable overseas students who were struggling to adjust to life in Britain, it has been claimed. Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda, who ran a Maoist collective in the 1970s, recruited mainly women who shared their far left ideology. But once they joined they fell under the spell of the charismatic leaders, and found it hard to leave, according to experts. “Most were foreign students who seemed to have difficulty adjusting to life in the UK. They refused to recognise For Thanksgiving Turkeys, PresidentialPardon Gig Takes Practice Wall Street Journal, by Pervaiz Shallwani - 11/25/2013 8:10:08 AM BADGER, Minn.—The last thing President Barack Obama needs this Thanksgiving is a frantic turkey fouling up Wednesday´s White House pardon ceremony. It is John Burkel´s job to make sure that doesn´t happen. The problem is that turkeys aren´t used to being paraded in front of a crowd of noisy schoolchildren, posing for flash photography or encountering the Secret Service. In past years, the stress has led the ceremonial bird to flap about and try to escape after being spooked by everything from a shiny belt buckle to First Family pets. Mr. Burkel, the fourth-generation farmer selected to supply this year´s turkey, took Winning the ´War on Women´ American Spectator, by David Catron garnet- 11/25/2013 7:12:53 AM When the Supreme Court is in session, one or two afternoons each week are reserved for closed-door conferences during which the justices discuss petitions for writs of certiorari. These petitions, in ordinary English, are requests by litigants for the Court to review cases that have been inconclusively adjudicated by lower courts. Such requests often involve high profile public controversies, and those scheduled for discussion on Tuesday fit comfortably into that category. Tomorrow, the justices will confer about Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius and Autocam v. Sebelius, all of which challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabiawarns it will strike out on its own Telegraph [UK], by Damien McElroy - 11/25/2013 6:50:22 AM A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with Iran and said Riyadh would follow an independent foreign policy. Nawaf Obaid told a think tank meeting in London that Saudi Arabia was determined to pursue its own foreign and policy goals. [Snip] Mr Obaid said that while Saudi Arabia knew that the US was talking directly to Iran through a channel in the Gulf state of Oman, Washington had not directly briefed its ally. "We were lied to, things were hidden from us," he
Bad Managers Ruined ObamacarePoliticians weren't listen to people doing theactual work. Could hear the world "Help!!!"
Iran Will Not Have the Atomic Bomb. Period.Sound familiar? They are using thatold chestnut again.
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Tim Scott knew what he wasn’tdoing, and so did Graham Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Brian Hicks Attercliffe- 11/25/2013 6:43:01 AM A lot of people have been on Tim Scott’s case this past week--Democrats, reporters, even some Republicans--because he passed on the chance to endorse Lindsey Graham on national TV. Gasp. When Scott appeared Wednesday on CNN’s “Crossfire,” South Carolina’s junior senator was asked twice if he endorsed Graham’s re-election campaign. He would not say “yes” or “no.” “You know, as you three have heard recently, I am up for … up for re-election myself,” Scott said. “I’m going to make sure Tim Scott gets out. I’m going to allow all the other folks on the ballot to represent themselves very A Culture in Ruins PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson Judy W.- 11/25/2013 6:37:58 AM Lady Gaga reportedly spent $25 million on pop art to jazz up her new and apparently underwhelming album. In contrast, Miley Cyrus’ sexual twerking at the MTV video awards earned her more millions by exposing her rather unimpressive anatomy. Both make the once vulgar Madonna seem like June Cleaver, but at least raise an existential question: how much lower can we go? Meanwhile hip-hop artist Kanye West is promoting his own new music video. He seems to be having sex with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian while riding a motorcycle. If you did not know that Kanye West was the singer of Oil prices fall after Iranagrees nuclear deal BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 11/25/2013 6:34:34 AM Oil prices have fallen after Iran agreed a deal to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for easing of international sanctions against it. Iran holds the world´s fourth-largest oil reserves but its exports have been hurt by the tough sanctions. Though Iran will not be allowed to increase its oil sales for six months, the deal has eased tensions in the Middle East--a key oil-producing area. Brent crude fell more than 2% in early Asian trade on Monday. It dropped by $2.42 to $108.63 per barrel, while US light sweet crude fell 84 cents to $93.64 per barrel.
Filibuster Jujitsu National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer SpeedMaster- 11/25/2013 6:30:17 AM It may be that the best way conservatives can win an important political battle is to appear not to be fighting one. Harry Reid’s nuking of the Senate filibuster last week might provide the perfect opportunity. Ideologues may not want to hear this, but bear with me. The American electorate desperately wants to see somebody important appear to put the public good ahead of partisanship. Surveys for years have made this clear. The first party to convincingly offer a constructive middle ground — somewhere, anywhere — will be the first party to start escaping the astonishingly low poll numbers that plague The Big Deal onThe Road to War PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen Judy W.- 11/25/2013 6:28:25 AM Schumer doesn’t like the “historic” deal with Iran–it doesn’t seem proportional to him–and Menendez insists that new sanctions are on the way. Two Democrats, not notoriously leading neocons, both warning that the agreement may be a hard sell to Congress. But then, Obama may not ask them for approval, so then what? That would give the Iranians multiple coups: –First and foremost, money, which they badly need. According to my sources in Iran, Iranian industry overall is currently at twenty percent of capacity, the regime’s blank check for supporting Assad in Syria has drained the treasury, and the country is down REVEALED: How the French ´plottedto shoot Abu Hamza dead in London´ Daily Express [UK], by Sarah Westcott Attercliffe- 11/25/2013 6:23:59 AM French spies hatched a plan to murder hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza on the streets of London, it was claimed last night. Intelligence services plotted to assassinate the cleric while posing as members of the far-Right group Combat 18. They came up with the audacious plan because they were “fed up” with Britain harbouring terrorists as tensions rose over the scale of Islamist extremism in Britain. A report, by the campaign group Hope not Hate, also claimed that French spies planned to send fake death threats to Hamza purporting to be from Combat 18 before shooting him with a rifle. Oprah´s Offensive Opinion American Spectator, by Ross Kaminsky Pluperfect- 11/25/2013 6:17:54 AM Since Oprah Winfrey was in London to promote "The Butler," a movie which depicts its subjects so dishonestly on the subject of race that Michael Reagan — who personally knew the film´s key protagonists — called it "The Butler from Another Planet," it´s not surprising that she would sputter more falsehoods about "racist" America in an attempt to stay in the public eye. In an interview with the BBC, the self-made billionaire and long-time Obama supporter said that “disrespect for the office (of the president)…occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he is African American.” Oprah gave an
Collateral Damage in aGOP Civil War National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong SpeedMaster- 11/25/2013 6:15:02 AM On Tuesday, November 12, Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air. Contrary to the rumors, Sasse wanted to say, he hadn’t secretly vowed to oppose McConnell’s leadership if elected. In fact, he hadn’t been asked to make such a pledge and would never have even considered it. That was the plan, anyway. As soon as Sasse sat down, McConnell lit into him, criticizing him for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) as well as for posting a viral YouTube video in which he demanded “every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader A pragmatic deal – butcaution is advisable Telegraph [UK], by Editorial Attercliffe- 11/25/2013 6:11:54 AM The onward march of Iran’s nuclear capabilities ended at dawn yesterday when America achieved a landmark accord with its foremost enemy. Because of this enlightened diplomacy, the world is a safer place and troublesome and concerned US allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia should calm their fears. That, at least, was the spin on the Geneva agreement offered by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, at a 5am press conference. Given that Iran’s nuclear ambitions have had no rational purpose except to give its ruthless leaders the option of building the ultimate weapon, we are entitled to approach Israeli leader Netanyahu condemns Irannuclear deal as a ´historic mistake´ andthreatens to use military action if needed Attercliffe- 11/25/2013 5:53:07 AM Israel´s prime minister harshly condemned the international community´s nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday while Saudi Arabia remained conspicuously quiet, reflecting the jitters felt throughout the Middle East over Iran´s acceptance on the global stage. While most Gulf countries remained silent in the first hours after the deal was reached in Geneva, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted little time in criticizing it, calling it a ´historic mistake´ and saying he was not bound by the agreement.[Snip] He reiterated a long-standing threat to use military action against Iran if needed, declaring that Israel ´has the right and the duty to Revealed: How U.S. diplomats secretly metwith Iranian officials for MONTHS beforetalks as Obama tries to ease Israel´sconcerns over historic nuclear deal Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail, Associated Press Staffs Attercliffe- 11/25/2013 5:47:09 AM Top U.S. diplomats spent months meeting with Iranians in a series of secret, bilateral negotiations that hammered out most of the details of the nuclear deal with the Islamic republic--an agreement that is being criticized by Israel and some in Congress as giving away too much in exchange for too little. [Snip] ´Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world made a significant step in obtaining the most dangerous weapons in the world,´ Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday. The one-on-one discussions between Iran and the United States were personally authorized
British MEP: ‘I’m not sure therehas ever been a president whocares less about the US relationswith her traditional friends’ Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein StormCnter- 11/25/2013 5:34:51 AM British Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan says he is “deeply disappointed” in President Obama. “What happened to that inspiring, bipartisan fellow who made the speech about not slicing and dicing red and blue states?” the conservative politician, who despite being a member of the European Parliament is a Euro-skeptic, told The Daily Caller. “The debt is growing, the health care scheme is misguided, and I’m not sure there has ever been a president who cares less about the U.S.’s relations with her traditional friends, or the patrimony she was privileged to inherit from her Founders.” Hannan, a popular figure among Leftover armored trucks from Iraqcoming to local police agencies StormCnter- 11/25/2013 5:28:57 AM QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war. The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program. For police and sheriff’s departments, which have scooped up 165 of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, since they became available this summer, the price and the ability to deliver shock and An Australian Family Just Tookthe Christmas Light WorldRecord Away From Us Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison StormCnter- 11/25/2013 5:22:10 AM Something´s wrong: A family in another country has the world record in conspicuous consumption and light pollution. Yes, surprisingly enough, David and Janean Richards live in Forrest, Australia (which is not in America) with their three children, over 500,000 Christmas lights and, as of today, one Guinness World Record for Christmas lights on a residential property. The Richards actually had the record back in 2011 with a piddly 331,038 lights. America´s Gay family then took the record in 2012 with 346,283 lights. This year, the Richards decided to make damn sure their record stayed around for a while, and covered U.S. Warns China Over EastChina Sea Maritime Grab Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz StormCnter- 11/25/2013 5:15:02 AM The Pentagon invoked a U.S. defense treaty with Japan and warned China on Saturday that its declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea is increasing the danger of military conflict. Both Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued statements late Saturday expressing “deep concern” over China’s creation of the air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, that extends over Japan’s Senkaku Islands, which China claims as its territory. “We view this development as a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region,” Hagel said. “This unilateral action increases the risk of misunderstanding and
Obama’s Politics, America’s Paralysis National Review Online, by Stanley Kurtz StormCnter- 11/25/2013 5:11:53 AM Did domestic political considerations influence Obama’s Iran deal? Some say the president’s looking for a distraction from the Obamacare rollout fiasco and wants an accomplishment to tout now that he’s down. I doubt that either of these motives are prime drivers of this ill-conceived agreement. More important is Obama’s ideological commitment to reducing America’s role in the world and his consequent desire to contain, rather than stop, an Iranian bomb. Insofar as domestic politics figures into the equation, I suspect it’s less about distracting from Obamacare or bragging about a deal than simply preventing the political consequences of a conflict with Obama: I´m not a particularlyideological person Reuters, by Jeff Mason StormCnter- 11/25/2013 5:07:42 AM President Barack Obama, on a fundraising swing in Seattle on Sunday, described himself as "not a particularly ideological person" despite ongoing political clashes with Republicans over healthcare, the economy, and immigration reform. Fresh from a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, Obama started a western swing on Sunday that will include stops in California to raise money for Democrats, tout his record on the economy, and push for reform of U.S. immigration laws. At the Seattle fundraiser the president noted the National Security Agency revelations, the mass shooting of children at a Connecticut school, and events in the Middle East were Graffiti ‘artists’ fail to understandprinciple of private property New York Post, by Editorial MissMolly- 11/25/2013 5:02:05 AM If there’s one thing today’s taggers and graffiti “artists” have in common with vandals of generations past, it’s a failure to understand the principle of private property. That central fact is clearly on display in the uproar over the recent whitewashing of the unused 5Pointz warehouse complex in Long Island City, Queens. The building’s exterior walls had become a mecca for graffiti artists over the last two decades after its owners, Jerry Wolkoff and his son, David, had allowed them to use their building as a canvas for their graffiti. Now the Wolkoffs plan to demolish the place in favor of a Filibuster Rope-A-Dope? Power Line, by Steven Hayward MissMolly- 11/25/2013 4:55:57 AM Did the crafty Mitch McConnell just succeed in getting Democrats to damage their long-term interest by nuking the filibuster? I’ve always defended the filibuster (and still do) as a valid anti-majoritarian device, especially useful for when fitful voters make a mistake as they did in 2008 (with the help of the Justice Department in Alaska and Al Franken’s cheating in Minnesota) and install a large Democratic majority in the Senate. But consider the other side of this. Henry Olsen points out: For conservatives upset about the filibuster changes, consider this: since the nationwide direct election of Senators started in 1913, the Republican The invisible island where New Yorkburies its poor and unidentified The Week*, by Christopher Maag StormCnter- 11/25/2013 4:51:43 AM Hart Island does not appear on the MTA´s subway map or the Department of Transportation´s bicycling maps. The AAA map in my car shows the blue dotted line of a public ferry from City Island to Hart Island, but the ferry closed to the public in 1976. Panorama, the room-sized Robert Moses-commissioned sculpture at the Queens Museum of Art — which displays every street and nearly every building in New York City — excludes the island entirely. From an airplane at night, Hart Island is invisible from the west. It can be seen only on clear nights, only from the east
Meanwhile, 3,500 Miles From Iran Time, by Mark Thompson StormCnter- 11/25/2013 4:47:59 AM The news of a welcome, if temporary, early-Sunday diplomatic breakthrough between the international community and Iran over its nuclear-development efforts overshadowed a far more ominous announcement from China. Beijing declared an “air-defense identification zone” Saturday over a swath of the East China Sea that is home to islands administered by Japan. It could spin out of control far more quickly than the spinning Iranian centrifuges that much of the world believes Tehran has been using to develop nuclear weapons. The eight barren isles — two of which are under control of the U.S. military — are called the Senkaku Islands (in Iran Will Not Have anAtomic Bomb. Period. PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon StormCnter- 11/25/2013 4:45:08 AM Sorry for the corny title of this article — I was going to call it “It’s the Centrifuges, Stupid!” — but as a Hollywood movie executive famously said in a script meeting, “Obviousness is your friend.” He was right about screenplays and he’s right here. No one believes Barack Obama about anything anymore. Why should they? The new Iran deal is Obamacare II, only worse, a thousand megatons worse. So many things are wrong with the agreement coming out of Geneva, it’s hard to know where to begin (for an excellent overall go to The Israel Project’s Tower website or look If You Want Our Money,Give Us Back Our American PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard StormCnter- 11/25/2013 4:43:25 AM Secretar of State Kerry: “We have created the time and the space in order to be able to pursue an agreement that would finish the work that President Obama began on his first day in office…blah, blah, blah…” I can hardly stand to listen to this. On Saturday, Kerry — and by extension, our president — shook hands with the leader of the country near the top of the list of the world’s human rights abusers. And Kerry waxed eloquent about “mutual respect.” During the press conference the reporter from Bloomberg News cheerily said, “Congratulations to you and your team.” Without getting too Charlie Manson and Star: A love story Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw MissMolly- 11/25/2013 4:40:20 AM I know what you’re thinking… a Charles Manson story? I agree that Manson has been on the shelf for far too long to be of interest. He really can’t do or even say anything shocking anymore which is worthy of note. But something crossed the desk this week which caught my attention relating to the long confined madman. Charlie has another great love in his life (at least in her mind, anyway) and she’s a 25 year old fan of his who he named Star. And in Star’s mind – or what remains of it – the two of them Best- and worst-run states:Survey of all 50 USA Today, by Michael B. Sauter * MissMolly- 11/25/2013 4:37:45 AM How well run is your state? It can be difficult to objectively assess the quality of a state´s management. The economy and standard of living can be affected by decisions made decades ago, forces outside the control of the state´s government and administrators, as well as the government´s own actions. Every year, 24/7 Wall St. tries to answer this question by conducting an extensive survey of every state. To determine how well states are managed, we examined their financial data, as well as the services they provide and their residents´ standard of living. This year, North Dakota is the best-run state The Obamacare ‘Fix’ Is Illegal Politico Magazine, by Eugene Kontorovich Original Article Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2013 4:34:27 AM Post Reply The fix is not in. One week later, states are still wrestling with whether to implement Barack Obama’s answer to the wave of dropped plans that greeted the launch of his signature health care initiative. The president’s “fix,” announced last Thursday in a somber news conference, allows insurance companies to renew policies that do not meet the minimum care standards of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which go into effect on Jan. 1. So far, only 13 states have said they will cooperate with the administration’s initiative, however, and some have refused. The debate has turned mostly on questions of actuarial policy.
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UIC makes bid for Obamapresidential library and museum Chicago Tribune, by Jennifer Delgado - 11/25/2013 12:36:55 AM The University of Illinois at Chicago announced Sunday that it wants to house President Barack Obama´s future library and museum, joining a growing list of contenders. UIC is exploring at least five sites on its Near West Side campus, said university spokesman Bill Burton. The university started discussing the idea of an Obama presidential library in May and is waiting for the White House to make an announcement before possibly moving forward with any proposals, he said. In a statement, the school´s chancellor pointed to several reasons why UIC would make a good venue. "Our candidacy follows the recommendation of a Drinking doesn´t make you fat:A startling new book claimsthat nightly glass of winewon´t go straight to the hips Daily Mail [UK], by Tony Edwards LittleHoodedMonk- 11/25/2013 12:00:46 AM Anyone who’s ever gone on a diet is told to lay off the booze because it’s high in calories. And that, of course, must make it very fattening indeed. Go onto the NHS Direct website, and you’ll be told a glass of wine contains as many calories as a slice of cake. Or if you prefer beer, the British Nutrition Foundation reminds you two pints are roughly the equivalent in calories to a full glass of single cream. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories. Obama, at Fundraiser,Calls GOP an ´Impediment´ Associated Press, by Jim Kuhnhenn LittleHoodedMonk- 11/24/2013 11:39:38 PM President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party. Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. "I feel the spirit of my mom," he said. He also attempted to contrast himself with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, saying they are "more focused on positioning themselves for
American Music Awards 2013:Macklemore & Ryan Lewis an earlywinner, offer tribute to Trayvon Martin LittleHoodedMonk- 11/24/2013 11:24:47 PM Los Angeles - Rather than thanking a list of friends and colleagues, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their American Music Awards acceptance speech to send a message of tolerance on Sunday night. Ben Haggerty, the rapper known as Macklemore, accepted the award for favorite rap/hip-hop album, then quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in a live satellite feed from the rap group´s latest tour stop. "Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it," he said. Pollution Pact From China toIndia Shows Rift: Carbon & Climate Bloomberg News, by Reed Landberg & Alex Morales LittleHoodedMonk- 11/24/2013 10:57:45 PM China and India’s success in weakening the latest global warming agreement created friction with other developing nations that are seeking to step up the fight against climate change. The two countries insisted on single-word changes for a deal at a United Nations conference involving 190 nations on Nov. 23. Instead of making “commitments” to roll back fossil fuel emissions, they signed up for “contributions,” a formulation that allows more flexibility in their action. Those last-minute revisions at a meeting that ran overtime by almost 30 hours underscored the reluctance of China and India to join in the sort of emissions Ohio State marching bandperforms patriotic halftime show Columbus Dispatch [OH], by Carrie Wise - 11/24/2013 10:40:40 PM The halftime show went off with a bang yesterday inside Ohio Stadium. From a cannon firing to a man on a horse wielding a sword, the Ohio State University Marching Band´s formations continued to entertain. The show´s theme, "A New Birth of Freedom," was a nod to the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg. Musical selections included Lincoln Portrait and Battle Hymn of the Republic, which featured the Ohio State Men´s Glee Club. The marching band will take this show on the road to Michigan next week, but you can watch the entire routine Washington — Lawmakers from both parties said Sunday they are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal and want Congress to prepare beefed-up economic penalties to hit Tehran if the accord falls apart. In an early morning announcement, Tehran agreed Sunday to a six-month pause of its nuclear program while diplomats continue talks aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. International observers are set to monitor Iran´s nuclear sites and ease about $7 billion of the crippling economic sanctions. But the announcement, after months of secret face-to-face talks between the United States and Iran,