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World´s tallest woman dies
aged 40 after losing battle
with tumour that caused
her to grow to 7ft 8in
Daily Mail (UK), by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2012 12:28:02 PM     Post Reply
She was the world’s tallest woman, but she had a tragically short life. Yao Defen, who measured a gigantic 7ft 8in (2.36m), passed away last month aged just 40, it emerged today. At her peak, she also weighed over 31st (200kg) and had size 26ft. Scroll down for video -She reportedly died on the morning of November 13 in her hometown of Zhucheng, eastern China. Born in 1972, Yao developed gigantism due to a tumour on her pituitary gland. By the age of 15, she stood at over two metres tall.

Is anyone serious about debt?
Human Events, by David Harsanyi    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:25:13 PM     Post Reply
The “fiscal cliff” deal House Republicans and President Barack Obama are debating can be called many things — the “avoiding a political nightmare” deal or a “Yes, Mr. Obama, may I have another” deal — but please let’s stop referring to it as a “deficit reduction” deal. We’ve yet to see a serious proposal on debt. Actually, by proposing a tax increase for spending with no real corresponding cuts, the president has been arguing for growing deficits. And with a priority on “fairness” over prosperity, any chance of easing the $16 trillion national

Federal Appeals Court Likely to
Invalidate Obama´s Recess Appointments
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ken Klukows    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:19:24 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama made headlines months ago when he installed controversial nominees to key government positions, bypassing the U.S. Senate by declaring the Senate in recess so that Senate confirmation was not needed. Today a federal appeals court signaled that it might rule Obama’s move unconstitutional, and remove those officials from power. The U.S. Constitution says that Congress can by statute allow minor government players—“inferior officers”—to be appointed by the president, by Cabinet officers, or by the courts. But high-level administrative officials—called “principal officers”—must be nominated by the president, then confirmed by the U.S. Senate.



Fox News´ Ed Henry battles
accusations of Republican
bias as he covers the
Obama White House
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2012 12:18:27 PM     Post Reply
Ed Henry´s assignment covering the White House would be a challenge for any journalist, no matter his employer. Yet Henry works at Fox News Channel, home base for viewers who longed for President Barack Obama´s defeat. More than anyone, he understands how the natural adversarial role of reporting on the highest level of government has become complicated in recent years by the rise in partisan media and online critics who parse every word reporters and anchors say. "It definitely puts pressure on all of us," Henry said, "and if you step out and ask tough questions, you´re somehow

Capital High School Principal
Cancels Pledge, Anthem for a Day
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:04:53 PM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County principal cancelled the Pledge of Allegiance for a day after several students claimed they were being forced to recite it. Capital High School principal Clinton Giles also canceled the national anthem on Monday. Giles tells media outlets that the students´ complaints disturbed him because they misrepresented what the school was doing. So, he cancelled the activities for a day. Giles says Capital students aren´t required to recite the pledge. But they are required to stand up during the pledge so those who participate

Ad claims Exxon ‘hates your children’
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ben Geman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:48:55 AM     Post Reply
Two liberal groups hope to gain momentum for ending taxpayer backing of fossil fuel production by making a very strong allegation about the nation´s largest oil company. “Here at Exxon, we hate your children,” states a faux-Exxon official in a new ad from the groups Oil Change International and The Other 98%. “We all know the climate crisis will rip their world apart, but we don’t care, because it is making us rich.” The groups are raising money to buy TV time for the 30-second video. As the "executive" speaks, viewers see images of extreme weather,

Cleveland Plain Dealer Cutting
One-Third of Newsroom
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:43:20 AM     Post Reply
The Cleveland Plain Dealer is one of Ohio´s biggest papers but neither size nor influence is likely to save the jobs of one-third of the paper´s newsroom employees who are preparing for big cuts to hit as the new year begins. Workers at the paper found out on Wednesday that 58 employees would likely be losing their jobs starting in 2013. Harlan Spector of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild reported the cuts as a one-third reduction in the news force. Some of those members may be offered jobs at the Internet division for Cleveland.com, but



Think Again: The Truth About
Playing the Liar Card
Aspen Times, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 12/6/2012 11:41:11 AM     Post Reply
Believing a free press to be a vital safeguard of liberty, Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Many believe the inverse of Jefferson´s maxim — the people are uninformed, and therefore the government can´t be trusted. After all, what well-informed American would knowingly allow politicians to lead us to the monumental economic and budgetary “cliffs” we face? Despite a proliferation of new media, it´s increasingly difficult to separate fact from narrative. Combined with rancorous political discourse in which opponents are demonized in order to delegitimize competing arguments and render unnecessary
Headline corrected by staff

Kristol: GOP Should
´Acquiesce´ to Obama
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:37:41 AM     Post Reply
William Kristol, Editor of the Weekly Standard, seems to have decided that retreat is the way forward for the Republican Party. In a new editorial, the Fox commentator essentially advises the GOP to throw in the towel on the fiscal cliff talks and more or less accept Obama´s terms. In the piece, a dour Kristol details all the shock and depression that Republican insiders feel after losing an election they all thought was in the bag for Team Romney. He then goes on to complain that the GOP´s legislative scene isn´t any better than its failed electoral scheme.

Clinton spearheads new
diplomatic push on Syria
CNN, by Jill Dougherty*    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 12/6/2012 11:33:54 AM     Post Reply
Dublin, Ireland -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting Thursday with key players as part of a new U.S. diplomatic push on Syria, amid reports that the government of President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing to use chemical weapons. Clinton is holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while in Dublin for an international security conference. She also will meet with both Lavrov and the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, later in the day, a senior State Department official said.

DWS: Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio
Must Believe All Americans
Have Been ‘Neuralyzed’
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:29:02 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.) on the Ed Show Wednesday evening discussed Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio’s recent outreach to the middle class. DWS declared that given their positions on entitlement reform, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio must believe that all Americans have been “neuralyzed“: DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: And you know, I think what Mr. ryan and Mr. Rubio must think is, you know, that movie, “Men in Black”? There have been three “Men in Black” movies, and I think one of the coolest things about that movie that most people remember is that little device that erases peoples’ memories.



NHTSA gets White House OK to
mandate vehicle ´black boxes´
Detroit News, by David Shepardson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/6/2012 11:28:12 AM     Post Reply
Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles. In a notice posted Thursday, the White House Office of Management Budget said it has completed a review of the proposal to make so-called vehicle "black boxes" mandatory in all cars and trucks, clearing the way for NHTSA to publish its final regulation. Nearly all vehicles currently have the devices. NHTSA´s proposed rule, which would raise the percentage of vehicles required to have an EDR from 91.6 percent today to 100 percent of light-duty autos

Scarborough: Difficult For Obama
To Be ‘Gracious’ After Being
Treated Like ‘Second-Class
Citizen’ For 4 Years
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:24:58 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Joe Scarborough examined the way both sides are handling themselves as the fiscal cliff hoopla continues. Particularly, he focused on President Obama who is facing what he deemed to be an interesting and difficult dynamic in his second term — after being treated so poorly in his first. “In my toughest political battles, every time I won, the bigger the victory, the more gracious I was afterwards,” Scarborough said. “That’s how you get things done.” Later in the segment, referring to fiscal cliff talks, Brzezinski said,

Memo To Strikers: You Could
Have Killed Your Own Job
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:18:47 AM     Post Reply
Exporting Jobs: For a week, an 800-member clerks´ union shut down most of the vast Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport. Who´s winning? Workers in Mexico. Who´s losing? Workers in Southern California. Ironic, isn´t it? The clerical workers unit of the longshoremen´s union at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike for a week, shutting down 10 of the harbor´s 14 container terminals, idling thousands of dockworkers and truckers and costing the local economy an estimated $1 billion a day in lost wages and sales. And for what? To protect jobs,

The Critique of Hagel
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 12/6/2012 11:18:18 AM     Post Reply
Democrats and Republicans are expressing opposition to President Barack Obama’s possible selection of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R., Nebr.) as the next secretary of defense. Hagel, who is reported to be on Obama’s shortlist to head the Pentagon, has long raised red flags on Capitol Hill for his controversial foreign policy views, which include sharp criticism of Israel, supporting the elimination of America’s nuclear arsenal, and pushing for direct unconditional talks with Iran. Hagel’s foreign policy views placed him in the minority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle during his 12 years in the Senate.



Obama’s Kingdom of Fairness
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:13:25 AM     Post Reply
We are still borrowing more than $1 trillion a year. Barack Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt in his first term alone. Such massive borrowing is unsustainable. Someone somehow at some time has to pay it back. Obama would agree. He once alleged that George W. Bush’s much smaller deficits were “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Obama himself vowed to cut the budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, Obama’s annual deficits have never gone below $1 trillion.

Newsweek: What´s Next for Michelle
Obama, Our ´Superwoman´ and
´Incredibly Popular´ First Lady?
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:08:31 AM     Post Reply
If you’re not one of the people in “Everyone” who loves Michelle Obama, you must not be following the collapse of Newsweek. In one of the magazine’s last print editions, Allison Samuels is asking “What´s next for our incredibly popular first lady? Samuel L. Jackson and other super-fans weigh in.” Jackson is in love: “Michelle is Superwoman. What can’t she do?...That’s why people love her. She can be on the Supreme Court and anywhere else she wants. She can be the president. She’s history and she’ll stay history because she

The Opening for a Fresh
ObamaCare Challenge
Wall Street Journal, by David B. RivkinN, Jr. and Lee A. Casey    Original Article
Posted By: cheeflo- 12/6/2012 11:07:45 AM     Post Reply
ObamaCare is being implemented, having been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in June in a series of cases now known as National Federation of Independent Business v. HHS. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that the court took a law that was flawed but potentially workable and transformed it into one that is almost certainly unworkable. More important, the justices also may have created new and fatal constitutional problems.

Tim Cook´s Freshman Year:
The Apple CEO Speaks
Bloomberg Businessweek, by Josh Tyrangiel    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/6/2012 11:07:43 AM     Post Reply
Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free. “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook. “‘Just do what’s right.’ He was very clear.” In Cook’s first 16 months on the job, Apple has released next-generation iPhones and iPads and seen its stock price rise 43 percent. Though it hasn’t yet expanded into new product categories (still no Apple TV set), t

Therapist declined temporary
confinement for accused Colorado
gunman: report
Reuters, by Keith Coffman    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/6/2012 11:04:04 AM     Post Reply
A psychiatrist who treated accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes rejected a law enforcement offer to involuntarily confine him for 72 hours after he told her six weeks before the shooting that he fantasized about killing "a lot of people," the Denver Post reported on Wednesday. Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper said that Holmes made the remark to his therapist, Lynne Fenton, on June 11. But when a University of Colorado police officer asked whether to detain Holmes on a psychiatric hold, Fenton said no. A psychiatric hold is usually involuntary hospitalization for mental health evaluation.


Seniors Outraged Over
Christmas Tree Ban
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:02:20 AM     Post Reply
Residents of a senior adult apartment complex in California staged a protest after the management of their building announced a ban on Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas. (Snip) “We’re all angry,” resident Fern Scheel told the Los Angeles Daily News.“We want that tree. Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous.” JB Partners Group sent a memorandum to The Willows in Newhall, Calif. ordering them to remove the Christmas tree from the community room because they deemed it a religious symbol, the newspaper reported.

James Holmes Emails: Accused Colorado
Theater Shooter Had ´Romantic
Relationship´ with Grad Student
ABC News, by Mark Greenblatt and Carol McKinley    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 12/6/2012 10:56:34 AM     Post Reply
Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes had "a brief romantic relationship" with a graduate student at the University of Colorado, according to one of thousands of emails released to ABC News today. The revelation came from an email written by an employee of the university, Larry Hunter, to a colleague late in the morning after Holmes is alleged to have killed 12 and wounded 58 at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." (Snip) "Yeah, he was a grad student here, and, it turns out, had a brief romantic relationship with one of the grad students

House Dems: Debt Limit
Should Be Off the Table
Cybercast News Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 10:55:18 AM     Post Reply
The House Democratic leadership said Wednesday that the debt ceiling “ought not be a negotiating item” in Congress, thereby ceding their constitutional authority to borrow money to President Barack Obama. “The debt limit ought not to be held hostage to anything,” said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “It hurt our economy. We were downgraded for the first time in my career, and I think in history, by one of the rating agencies. “The credit worthiness of America ought not to be put at risk,” he said.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee: It´s
Not ´Tradition´ to Call
It a Christmas Tree
Cybercast News Service, by Jon Street    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 10:50:01 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that his administration calls the decorated evergreen tree erected in the Rhode Island State House in December a “holiday tree”--rather than a "Christmas tree"--because that is what the tree is traditionally called. CNSNews.com spoke with Chafee following his remarks at the National Governors Association national summit in Arlington, Va. "You have taken some recent criticism about changing the name of the State House tree to a holiday tree," asked CNSNews.com. "Would you say that you believe in Christmas?"

Sen. Jim DeMint to Head
Heritage Foundation
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 10:45:46 AM     Post Reply
South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina´s junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million. Sen. DeMint´s departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint´s replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.

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