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Bloomberg News hid conflicting
fiscal-cliff poll numbers, pushed
results favorable to Obama
Daily Caller, by Gregg Re    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:39:38 AM     Post Reply
A poll conducted last week by an Iowa-based firm showed Americans are conflicted about whether or not to support raising tax rates on wealthy Americans to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But that’s not how Bloomberg News, which commissioned the poll, reported the results Thursday. In a story headlined “Americans Back Obama Tax-Rate Boost Tied to Entitlements,” Bloomberg emphasized only that the poll showed most Americans support President Barack Obama’s insistence on increasing taxes for high-income earners.

Blasphemy and Islam
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:29:52 AM     Post Reply
In Cairo on Wednesday, a Coptic Christian blogger named Alber Saber was convicted of blasphemy and “contempt of religion.” There’s a tragic irony: As any of the country’s Christians can tell you, contempt of religion is not merely permitted but encouraged in the new, post-Mubarak Egypt. What is criminal, what has become increasingly perilous, is any criticism of Islam. Nor is truth a defense. Another Egyptian court recently upheld the blasphemy conviction of Makarem Diab, also a Coptic Christian. Diab had gotten into a discussion with a Muslim acquaintance, Abd al-Hameed, who, in the course of mocking Diab’s faith,

Obama’s Top Jewish Dem
Opposes Hagel pick
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:27:35 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s Jewish point man has expressed fierce opposition to the prospect of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R., Neb.) serving in a senior role in the Obama administration. Hagel, who is the leading candidate to become the next defense secretary, has faced tough opposition from pro-Israel leaders and many Democrats for what they say are his troubling foreign policy views, which include sharp criticism of Israel. Ira Forman, who served as Obama’s Jewish outreach director during the 2012 presidential campaign, has dubbed Hagel a concerning candidate.

  


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Mike’s plan to butt in
New York Post, by Gary Buiso    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:22:15 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Bloomberg just won’t butt out. The city is recruiting foot soldiers for a stealth war against smoking cigarettes in your apartment, planning documents obtained by The Post reveal. Community groups are being asked to convince tenants and property managers to turn their private buildings into butt-free abodes — the latest front in the Health Department and Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-smoking crusade, according to a recently released “request for proposal” document. The groups would “work with property managers, tenants, and others on adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies by housing entities reaching one to two multi-unit buildings

Martyrdom of St. Susan
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:19:58 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to metaphors for the Obama administration, it is hard to top the rise and fall of Susan Rice. Her ascension to the inner circle was born of her loyalty to candidate Obama, and she failed to become secretary of state because she was loyal to President Obama instead of the truth. Her demise offers a clinic about the dangers of ambitious amateurs playing politics, but that amounts to a hill of beans to the White House. The sacrifice of Rice is just another bump in the road to shielding Obama from accountability for the Benghazi debacle.

Nothing Is Real
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2012 5:17:27 AM     Post Reply
Reality television personality David Hester has sued Storage Wars for wrongful termination alleging that the A&E program rigs auctions and plants curios in lockers. Will they next tell us that Santa Claus isn’t real? It’s a sign of the times that a genre so obviously staged, coached, and scripted calls itself “reality” television. Think “Orange Drink.” In the words of that great green-toothed philosopher Johnny Rotten, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” Reality television producers eventually discovered what their colleagues behind primetime dramas already knew: most everyday strangers aren’t so terribly interesting as to merit their own shows.

Justice Dept. Shelved Ideas to
Improve Gun Background Checks
New York Times, by Charlie Savage    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2012 5:13:01 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — After the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and others at a supermarket in Tucson in early 2011, the Justice Department drew up a detailed list of steps the government could take to expand the background-check system in order to reduce the risk of guns falling into the hands of mentally ill people and criminals. Most of the proposals, though, were shelved at the department a year ago as the election campaign heated up and as Congress conducted a politically charged investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious

  


  

Seriously ill baby forced to wait
for 12 hours in A&E because
no suitable bed was available
in all of Britain
Daily Mail [UK], by Jo Macfarlane    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2012 5:12:32 AM     Post Reply
A seriously ill baby was forced to wait in an Accident and Emergency ward for more than 12 hours because there were no suitable beds available anywhere in the UK. The shocking case emerged as specialists yesterday warned the Department of Health about a national shortage of intensive care beds for children this winter. The Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) says all 29 units in Britain have been running close to capacity in recent weeks because of a surge in cases of a nasty respiratory virus and that there are several examples of children having to wait for appropriate care.

Newtown: Just Leave Us
to Grieve in Peace
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/16/2012 5:09:26 AM     Post Reply
As I do every Friday, I sort through my week´s clipping files in preparation for this column. I was going to write about energy. The optimistic assessments of natural resources and the fracking technique to extract them has every potential of changing our economic future for the better and the repressive regimes of the Middle East for the worse. This despite the uninformed blather about its dangers and constraints to its use, and the ridiculous wasted billions on government subsidies and grants funneled into a make-believe solar energy future.

Why the South Loves Guns
Daily Beast, by David Sessions    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:09:08 AM     Post Reply
Since hideous, unspeakable gun massacres are such a regular occurrence in this country, I’ve had the several opportunities to live the cycle of horror, outrage, argument, recrimination, and inaction that engulfs the Internet each time. It usually goes something like this: I share a couple of links in the heat of the moment, and dissenters—many of them Southern friends and relatives—come out of the woodwork to debate. The responses are as predictable as my anti-gun links: “guns don’t kill, people do”; “if someone had had a gun, maybe they could have stopped this”; “more guns make people safer”;

Massachusetts: Assessing the Would-Be
Candidates for a Senate Special Election
Roll Call, by Abby Livingston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:03:06 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is set to be nominated as the next secretary of State, according to news reports Saturday evening. It became clear in the wake of Susan Rice’s withdrawal from consideration on Thursday that Kerry was the leading contender for the position, touching off a theoretical chess game of speculation about who will fill his Senate seat. If Kerry resigns to move to the State Department, Gov. Deval Patrick (D) will appoint a short-term successor to serve until a special election can take place. More on the politics of that

  


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Seven Secretaries of State Criticize
Michelle Obama for Claiming GOP Voter
Suppression Occurred in the 2012 Election
PJ Tatler, by Hans A. von Spakovsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 4:53:51 AM     Post Reply
Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged in voter suppression in the November election: “Unfortunately the First Lady’s comments continue the baseless attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections. This past election speaks for itself. In Arizona, a state that has a photo ID requirement, Hispanic voter turnout was the highest in the state’s history. In Georgia, African American turnout has remained high in each election after

Is the wind industry
entering panic mode?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 4:49:42 AM     Post Reply
The wind lobby is working like their livelihoods depend on it — which is mainly because, they do — to convince Congress to extend the production tax credit, set to expire at the start of the new year, that has diverted taxpayer money their way for decades now. Without the guarantee of continued federal assistance, the wind industry is already starting to bleed jobs, and in their desperation to convince their detractors to continue the credit in at least some capacity, they’re proposing a compromise of sorts in the form of an eventual six-year phaseout.

The Hagel Thesis
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 4:43:42 AM     Post Reply
As we go to press on Friday, December 14, former Republican senator Chuck Hagel appears to be the leading candidate to become the next secretary of defense. Anti-Israel propagandists are thrilled. Stephen Walt, junior partner of the better-known Israel-hater John Mearsheimer, writes that if President Obama nominates Hagel, it will be “a smart move.” Why? Because, “unlike almost all of his former colleagues on Capitol Hill, he hasn’t been a complete doormat for the Israel lobby.” Indeed, a Hagel pick would “pay back Benjamin Netanyahu for all the ‘cooperation’ Obama received from him during the first term.”

Humphrey Bogart´s piano
sold for £370,000
Daily Express [UK], by Peter Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2012 4:43:33 AM     Post Reply
The piano used in an iconic scene in the classic film Casablanca has been sold at auction for more than £370,000 – half the sum experts expected it to fetch. The small green instrument, used for the song As Time Goes By in the Oscar-winning 1942 movie, went to an unidentified telephone caller after bidding at Sotheby’s in New York began at £215,000. It featured in a Paris flashback scene in which Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart, toasts Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman, with champagne and says: “Here’s looking at you, kid,” while Dooley Wilson as Sam sings

  


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Solved: The secret
pigeon code
Daily Express [UK], by Tony Whitfield    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2012 4:30:42 AM     Post Reply
A coded Second World War message strapped to the leg of a dead carrier pigeon has finally been deciphered. It was from a British soldier who had been parachuted into occupied ­Normandy to tip off RAF Bomber ­Command about the ­locations of German forces prior to the D-Day landings. The pigeon made it back to Britain but got stuck in the chimney of a Surrey house. The bird was not discovered until 1982 when a fireplace was ripped out and the message was found in a red capsule strapped to its leg. The words “Pigeon Service” at the top of

Teacher threw herself in
front of blazing pistol
Daily Express [UK], by Paul Thompson, Stuart Winter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2012 4:17:05 AM     Post Reply
They were two young women teachers who had devoted their lives to the children whose laughter rang out in their classrooms.[Snip] Vicki Soto, 27, threw herself in front of gunman Adam Lanza’s blazing Glock pistol, taking the hail of bullets that would have killed so many of the five-year-olds who called her “Miss” and laughed at the way she chewed gum in class. In a school toilet yards away, her colleague Kaitlin Roig, 29, was hiding with her 15 pupils. She knew their only chance of surviving was to keep silent as the killer stalked the corridors of Sandy Hook

Bad Taste, All In Fun
New York Times, by Guy Trebay    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/16/2012 12:56:41 AM     Post Reply
WHEN did it first start, the moment when the holiday sweater morphed from seasonal horror to cultural touchstone, an article of outrageously bad knitwear as popular among Williamsburg beard farmers as the Metamucil set? Was it when the Mistletoe Conspiracy caroled about the ugly Christmas sweater in a YouTube video? (“It’s ugly and it’s itchy, it’s frightening to children, Andy Williams wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole.”) Was it when Ugly Sweater 5K runs became regular events, like those this fall in cities like Memphis, Chicago and Denver?

Hebron group: 3rd intifada has begun
YNet News [Israel], by Elior Levy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/15/2012 11:28:49 PM     Post Reply
Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron have distributed a video declaring the establishment of the "National Union Battalions," which according to them will be jointly headed by members of Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front or the Liberation of Palestine as a means of consolidating the struggle against Israel. In its announcement, the group stressed that while it supports the UN´s recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state, it will fight to recover "all of Palestine – from the sea to the river." The video message, which the Palestinians claim was taped on

Iran warns against Patriot
deployment on Syria frontier
Reuters, by Dominic Evans    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/15/2012 11:12:43 PM     Post Reply
Beirut - Iran´s army chief of staff warned NATO on Saturday that stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries on Turkey´s border with Syria was setting the stage for world war. General Hassan Firouzabadi, whose country has been a staunch supporter of President Bashar al-Assad throughout the 21-month uprising against his rule, called on the Western military alliance to reverse its decision to deploy the defense system. (Snip) Despite the warning, Firouzabadi did not threaten any action against Turkey in his speech to senior commanders at the National Defence University in Tehran. "We are Turkey´s friend

  



The Newtown Massacre and
Mike Huckabee’s Offense
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/15/2012 11:03:23 PM     Post Reply
The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut is too awful for anyone to fully comprehend, especially from a distance. You watch the coverage of people you don’t know and will never meet, and yet you still find yourself nearly overwhelmed as the stories of terror, of immense sorrow and loss, and of heroism are told. Particularly as a parent, you cannot help but wonder: What if it had been my child gunned down in elementary school? And then you begin to realize there’s a reason the death of a child is said to be the hardest thing for a human being to endure, the “grief surpassing all.”

Some tax hikes, spending
cuts now seen as
inevitable in January
Washington Post, by Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/15/2012 10:54:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner are continuing their talks, but key officials in both parties now believe that Washington will be unable to avoid some mix of the tax increases and automatic spending cuts mandated next month by the austerity measures known as the “fiscal cliff.” Senior Democratic and Republican officials say the best-case scenario will be for a less ambitious deal to extend middle-class tax cuts and forestall tax hikes on most Americans. But such a deal would still set in motion a series of steep spending cuts at some federal agencies

Egyptian news agency:
Mubarak hurt in prison bath fall
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/15/2012 10:52:21 PM     Post Reply
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak suffered a head injury and some bruises on his chest when he slipped while inside a prison hospital bathroom, Egypt´s state news agency reported MENA Saturday. Mubarak, 84, is serving a life sentence in Cairo´s Tora prison for his role in the killing of pro-reform demonstrators during Egypt´s recent revolution. Mubarak has been suffering health problem and attended court on a gurney. He was reported to be in a coma last June in the weeks after he was convicted. That health crisis began after a prison bathroom fall, his lawyer said at the time.

Industry changes may affect
Democrats’ domination in
digital politics
Washington Post, by Rachel Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/15/2012 10:51:21 PM     Post Reply
In 2012, Democrats are indisputably the party of tech-savvy, of cutting edge web integration, of what one Mitt Romney adviser described as “whiz-bang turnout technologies.” Now they have to face the possibility that chastened Republicans will start to learn their secrets. Some companies with progressive ties are playing with both sides, sparking tension over whether the left should care about making innovation democratic — or just keeping it Democratic. Change.org used to be explicitly progressive; it no longer is. Salsa Labs remains progressive but some users fear a change in leadership will change that.

As president heads to
Newtown, stories of heroism,
courage and brutality emerge
in wake of shooting
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and David Eldridge    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/15/2012 10:47:23 PM     Post Reply
NEWTOWN, Conn. — One day after the second-worst school shooting in U.S. history, a stunned nation on Saturday began a grim, all-too-familiar process: Mourning the loss of innocents, learning more about a killer and looking for answers in the wake of madness. The White House announced Saturday that the president would travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday to join grieving families at a vigil for the victims killed Friday in the shooting spree that claimed the lives of 28, including 20 children. Through the day Saturday, more details trickled out on the tragedy – from revelations

AP source: Boehner offers
millionaire tax hike
Associated Press, by Jim Kuhnhenn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/15/2012 10:44:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Signaling new movement in “fiscal cliff” talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. As part of a broader budget deal

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