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Heiress kin: We got $murfed!
Estate fight vs. Beth Israel
New York Post, by ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/2/2012 12:10:29 PM     Post Reply
Call it Operation Smurf.Beth Israel Medical Center honchos plotted to ply heiress Huguette Clark with Smurfs in order to get cash from their wealthiest patient, according to a new court filing obtained by The Post.One hospital official suggested sending the childlike, then-86-year-old recluse a birthday gift of Smurf or Flintstone balloons, noting that “Smurfs are her new favorite cartoon.” Hospital CEO Dr. Robert Newman enlisted his own elderly mother to befriend the aged multimillionaire and visit her hospital room on a daily basis “with the objective of obtaining even more purported gifts,” the papers allege.

The house that Breitbart built: Inside
the late commentator´s California
mansion as family puts in on
the market for $1.9million
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2012 12:05:16 PM     Post Reply
Political firebrand Andrew Breitbart´s California home has been put on the market with an asking price of $1.995 million 9 months after the late pundit´s sudden death last Spring. Breitbart, who started at the Drudge Report before helping to found the Huffington Post and writing commentary for the Washington Times passed away at the age of 43 from heart failure this March. The stunning five-bedroom, four-bathroom home lies at the north tip of the L.A. National Cemetery. Breitbart passed away walking just outside the home. For parents in the real estate market, the house is in highly desirable

ABC’s This Week Panel Erupts Over Whether
Republicans Are Politicizing Benghazi Attack
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/2/2012 12:04:32 PM     Post Reply
The panel guests on ABC News’ This Week erupted over a discussion about United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, her role in the administration’s early push to blame the September 11 attack in Benghazi on a YouTube video and Congressional Republican’s reaction to the attack in Libya. One panel guest lamented that Republicans had not rallied around President Barack Obama as Democrats did around Ronald Reagan in the wake of an attack in Lebanon. Former Mitt Romney advisor, Dan Senor, sent the panel into a frenzy when he suggested that the Reagan administration



The Psychopathology
of the Liberal Mind
American Thinker, by Damon Isherwood    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/2/2012 11:49:38 AM     Post Reply
The ever-increasing culture of entitlement was correctly identified by Mitt Romney as a leading factor in the Democrats´ victory. However, running in parallel is another culture on the rise -- one far less well-identified, which bodes ominously not only for the GOP´s future prospects, but, more importantly, for the democratic process itself.(snip)Pseudo-idealism is a term coined by the Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith to describe apparently charitable behavior that on scrutiny is revealed as selfish, because the giver is engaging in it only so that he or she can feel good about him- or herself.

English classes help
immigrants open door to new lives
Chicago Tribune, by Naomi Nix    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 11:41:53 AM     Post Reply
Enas Khalafalla, 27, looked intently at an exercise in an English workbook, trying to understand the difference between "who" and "whose." "Look for the verb or the noun," her teacher Lindsay Crammond said. "That will help you." The Sudanese immigrant is one out of hundreds of people taking classes at the Albany Park Community Center, one of the organizations supported by Holiday Giving, a campaign of Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Founded in 1975, the center has been educating immigrants for about three decades. Today, the program serves about 1,400 English-as-a-second-language students each year,

Welcome to the Catacombs
Oregon Magazine, by Art Hyland    Original Article
Posted By: teapartyM- 12/2/2012 11:38:02 AM     Post Reply
The 2012 presidential election victory (by fact, by fraud, or by both) will be America’s decision of the current millennium. The nation is now divided. Not between or among the classes promoted by the Democrats who have routinely sorted groups by race, income, wealth, digital access, and a thousand other sub-classes in their unending search for victims to label, save, and subjugate. No, not talking about all those. Because there are only two classes now: “Christians” and “Romans”.

Election for Congressman
Jackson´s seat April 9
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 11:35:43 AM     Post Reply
The special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be held April 9. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation today to approve the date. Jackson resigned last month citing his health and acknowledging he´s under federal investigation. Quinn had a 115-day window to set an election. But he wanted the Jackson contest to coincide with municipal elections already planned for April 9 so he had to seek lawmaker approval to change the timeline. Lawmakers approved legislation for the date change. Quinn says the move saves taxpayer money.



Timothy Geithner on the
Fiscal Cliff: The Ball Is
in the GOP’s Court
ABC News, by George Stephanopoulos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 11:30:57 AM     Post Reply
With the fiscal cliff looming and no deal to resolve it in sight, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner expressed confidence that a compromise could be reached during my interview with him on “This Week,” but said the burden is now on Republicans to help find a solution to avoid a potential economic crisis. “I actually think that we’re gonna get there. I mean, you know, just inevitably gonna be a little political theater in this context,” Geithner said, when asked whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell laughed after hearing President Obama’s plan to avert the fiscal cliff.

Gay New York Times Columnist Wants
Bill Clinton To Apologize For ´Nasty´ Law
Business Insider, by Erin Fuchs    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2012 11:09:41 AM     Post Reply
As the Supreme Court decides whether to review the Defense of Marriage Act, the New York Times´ first openly gay columnist is assailing Bill Clinton for ever signing the anti-gay law. Frank Bruni wrote an open letter to Clinton in his Sunday op-ed, calling out the popular former president for not fully participating in the gay rights movement or apologizing for signing DOMA. "Doma ... is one of the uglier blemishes on your record, an act of indisputable discrimination that codified unequal treatment of gay men and lesbians," Bruni wrote, calling the law "a nasty bit of business."

Republicans Go To Obama School
Buzzfeed.com, by Zeke Miller    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 12/2/2012 10:57:40 AM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Demoralized Republicans arrived in Boston Wednesday night for a rare moment in American politics: They came to learn from Democrats. Barack Obama´s campaign schooled Mitt Romney’s in November, something of which the Republicans who gathered at the quadrennial, off-the-record Harvard Institute of Politics Campaign Managers Conference were intensely aware. And while the proceedings of the event are under embargo until the institute releases audio transcripts of the proceedings, some participants shared their reactions.

Abbas gives victory speech in Ramallah:
We have a state now
Jerusalem Post, by Khaled Abu Toameh    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/2/2012 10:56:34 AM     Post Reply
PA president vows to pursue efforts to end the split between Gaza, West Bank, dedicates UN "victory" to late PA president Arafat, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail; Hamas calls for "urgent meetings" to resolve conflict. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday vowed to pursue efforts to end the split between the West Bank and Gaza and thanked Hamas and all Palestinian groups for supporting his statehood bid at the UN.



Suicide bombers attack U.S. base in Afghanistan
Reuters, by Rafiq Shirzad    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/2/2012 10:50:05 AM     Post Reply
Suicide attackers detonated bombs and fired rockets outside a major U.S. base in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing five people in a brazen operation that highlighted the country´s security challenges ahead of the 2014 NATO combat troop pullout. Local police officials said bodies in Afghan police and military uniforms were scattered around the entrance of the airfield in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a two-hour battle. A Taliban spokesman said the militant group had launched the 6 a.m. assault.

Search for Gun Used to Kill
Cold Spring Officer Continues
KSTP-TV [St. Paul, MN], by Scott Theisen    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 12/2/2012 10:44:05 AM     Post Reply
Authorities are still looking for the gun used to kill a Cold Spring police officer this week. The Stearns County sheriff´s office put out a request Saturday asking members of the public to keep on the lookout for a discarded weapon. They believe the firearm used was a 20-gauge shotgun.(snip) A visitation for Decker is planned for 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring.
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Why Kafka Would Like FEMA
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 10:25:59 AM     Post Reply
“What sort of people were these? What were they talking about? What office did they belong to? K. was living in a free country, after all, everywhere was at peace, all laws were decent and were upheld, who was it who dared accost him in his own home?” –Franz Kafka, The Trial I have an unpleasant feeling this is going to be part of a series. Our first exposure to the folks from FEMA was a few days after Hurricane Sandy, which devastated our neighborhood on Long Island Sound. A platoon of FEMA agents, readily identifiable

Egypt´s high court suspends sessions after
protesters block judges from entering
CNN, by Reza Sayah & Amir Ahmed    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2012 10:18:05 AM     Post Reply
Cairo -- Egypt´s high court is indefinitely suspending all its sessions after supporters of President Mohamed Morsy surrounded the building and blocked judges from entering. Calling Sunday a "dismal, black day in the history" of the country´s judiciary, the court said in a statement that its judges will not return to work until they can do their jobs "without any psychological or physical pressures." "The judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court have no choice but to declare to the great Egyptian people that they are unable to perform their sacred mission in light of the current charged situation,"



In northern Mali, music silenced
as Islamists drive out artists
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/2/2012 10:01:48 AM     Post Reply
BAMAKO, Mali — Khaira Arby, one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists. One day, they broke into Arby’s house and destroyed her instruments. Her voice was a threat to Islam, they said, even though one of her most popular songs praised Allah. “They told my neighbors that if they ever caught me, they would cut my tongue out,” said Arby, sadness etched on her broad face.

Columbia’s Gang Scholar
Lives on the Edge
New York Times, by Ariel Kaminer    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/2/2012 9:39:50 AM     Post Reply
FROM his earliest days as a graduate student, Sudhir Venkatesh did things differently. He came to sociology by way of math, not by the social sciences. He was an Indian-American Deadhead from Southern California who wore a ponytail and tie-dyed shirts. He stuck out. Today, he is a celebrity in an otherwise low-key academic field — a star on campus, an influential public intellectual, a sought-after speaker. The hardcover of his best-selling book, “Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” released in 2008,

Christmas Without China
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Meghan Pierce    Original Article
Posted By: Graniteman2009- 12/2/2012 9:24:10 AM     Post Reply
Holiday consumers have long been aware that shopping local helps their local economy stay vibrant. This holiday season, though, there is a growing awareness that shopping for gifts made in America helps jobs stay stateside. "It´s the jobs thing. People have definitely connected the dots. Consumers are more savvy and more educated than ever, and the days of conspicuous consumption of buy, buy, buy, buy, buy are gone," said JimTherriault, owner of New England Everyday Goods in Peterborough.
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NASA’s holiday gift from
out of this world, really
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/2/2012 9:15:52 AM     Post Reply
Talk to astronauts, as we have, and the one thing each says universally is how amazingly beautiful Earth appears from space. Even after returning, they´re unable ever to think of this place the same. It´s where we all live. But it´s also an immense lump of primordial orbiting art, revolving on its tilted axis once every 24 hours while flying through space eight miles every second. Over billions of years, Earth has never been where it is at this very moment. And it will never return to this exact same spot ever again.

Amazed owner reunited with his
dog SEVEN years after he ran
away in thunderstorm
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2012 8:38:20 AM     Post Reply
A man and his four-legged best friend are back together seven years after the pet disappeared during a thunderstorm. Dan Kesler was living in Raleigh, North Carolina when his doberman, B.A., was spooked by the storm and ran away from home. Kesler figured his dog would quickly return to the house - but he never did. ´The first night I spent outside waiting for him to come back,´ Kesler told WRAL. Years went by without any sign of B.A. Eventually, Kesler moved 2,000 miles away to Phoenix.[Snip] Staff discovered a microchip


The Last Voice You Hear
The American Thinker, by Susan D. Harris    Original Article
Posted By: bugger- 12/2/2012 8:25:49 AM     Post Reply
Something always rubs me the wrong way when people tell us that hard times draw us closer together and teach us what is really important in our lives. "We´ve lost the country, at least we´ve got each other." There is something inherently defeatist and depressing about that; accepting defeat, especially unfair defeat, is a hard pill to swallow. Many well written accounts have been published indicating voter fraud won Obama´s reelection, but it was quite clear within 48 hours after the election that nothing was going to be done about it by our leadership or the citizenry.

Scandal of the poison pen-pushers:
How doctors and patients are
kept in the dark about potentially
dangerous everyday drugs
Daily Mail [UK], by Dr. Ben Goldacre    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2012 8:04:37 AM     Post Reply
Tamiflu is supposed to be the miracle flu drug. Patients across the UK rely on it. In medicine cupboards everywhere patients have eagerly stockpiled it, and in some winters there has even been talk of rationing. The Government itself has spent £500million on stockpiling the drug to keep the country from collapse in the wake of a bird-flu epidemic, since it’s supposed to reduce the risk of pneumonia and death. And yet for all we know, Tamiflu might be no better than paracetamol*: because Roche, the company making it, still withholds vital information on the risks and benefits from

The Norquists of the left
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Thomas Fitzgerald    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 7:50:24 AM     Post Reply
In a cartoon ricocheting around the Web, the conservative antitax crusader Grover Norquist is depicted as the disembodied head of the Wizard of Oz - a green, glowering face floating above Republican politicians bowing in reverence, the entire scene lit by votive torches. It´s a mad, maniacal image of the man the left, some Democratic members of Congress, and even former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson blame for bringing the United States to the brink of fiscal disaster.They say Norquist´s power - stemming from an ironclad "no tax" pledge most GOP lawmakers have signed - has all but ruled out

Family shocked to learn
that homeless man who received
boots is their relative
New York Post, by Lia Kim & Pedro Oliveira Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 7:46:11 AM     Post Reply
They were clueless he was shoeless. The family of the homeless man aided by a selfless cop in Times Square was shocked to find out yesterday that the shoeless vagrant making headlines was their relative. His brother, Kirk Hillman, looked stunned as he saw a copy of The Post with his youngest brother on the front page — and was left speechless. Hillman’s wife told The Post she followed the story on TV — but never recognized the bedraggled beggar as her own brother-in law, Jeffrey Hillman.

From sci-fi to reality: The computer-
blitzing drone that can cripple a nation´s
electronics at the touch of a button
Daily Mail [UK], by Ben Ellery    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2012 7:43:59 AM     Post Reply
Down the years and across the universe, the heroes of science-fiction classics from Dan Dare to Star Wars and The Matrix have fought intergalactic battles with weapons that wipe out enemy electronics at the touch of a button. Now scientists have turned fantasy into reality by developing a missile that targets buildings with microwaves that disable computers but don’t harm people. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing successfully tested the weapon on a one-hour flight during which it knocked out the computers of an entire military compound in the Utah desert. It is thought the missile could penetrate the bunkers and

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