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Unexpected shutdown
reported at Pa. nuclear plant
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 10:48:24 AM     Post Reply
BERWICK, Pa. - An energy company says it´s trying to figure out why a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant reactor shut down unexpectedly. PPL Corp. says Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear facility near Berwick shut down early Sunday morning. The company says the reactor is safe and stable. In a statement, Allentown-based PPL says the shutdown occurred during routine testing of a valve on the unit´s main turbine system. The company says the plant´s other reactor is operating normally.

Even in Medical School, Affirmative Action Rules
American Thinker, by Chris Mondie    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 12/16/2012 10:44:14 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to becoming a physician, the academic rigors, years of schooling, and personal sacrifice common to the effort are well-known. This process is a sort of rite of passage, an intellectual marathon that only the best and brightest can complete. As such, medical schools should select candidates best-suited to excel throughout school and cultivate the skills that will allow them to practice in the best health care system in the world. The process by which these candidates are selected, however, may come as a shock.

Grandmother’s torment
Boston Herald, by Peter Gelzinis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 10:34:10 AM     Post Reply
SHELTON, Conn. — There was no pride in Mary Ann McDonnell’s voice, only the trembling echo of pain and loss. “My son’s picture is on the front page of The New York Times,” she said. This 77-year-old mother and grandmother awoke yesterday, imprisoned in a nightmare that may never end. “I still can’t wrap my mind around any of it. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from this,” she said, pointing to a photo of her son Chris, taken Friday at the moment he learned his 7-year-old daughter, Gracie,

  


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Obama: ´Approximately 166
Detainees at Guantanamo Bay´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 10:19:23 AM     Post Reply
The White House revealed yesterday that there "approximately 166 detainees at Guantanamo Bay" right now. The news was in Obama´s "war powers resolution" letter, which is meant "to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat."(Snip) Obama famously promised to close the Guantanamo detention facility within a year of becoming president of the United States. But as he acknowledges, it´s still open with "approximately 166 detainees" nearly four full years after Obama was first sworn in as president. It is not clear why Obama is only able to approximate the number of detainees

Obamacare and My Daughter
PJ Media, by Justin Binik-Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/16/2012 9:52:32 AM     Post Reply
Elections have consequences. The president signed a law which forces citizens to purchase a product simply on the virtue that they are alive. Our Supreme Court upheld the law, giving the government the power to tax inactivity. When the law is fully implemented, we may see a shift from our role as citizens to subjects. Instead of “pay for play,” it will become “pay, if you play our way.” We are moving slowly down this path, and can begin to see the cliff before us. Still, there is time to slow the process and change course.

Not News: Detroit-Area
Pastor Threatens Campaign
of Harassment Against Mich.
Gov. and Family (´You Won´t
Get No Rest´)
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 9:42:48 AM     Post Reply
Imagine for a moment if a Christian fundamentalist pastor publicly threatened a Democratic Party governor about to sign a legitimately passed bill into law with a long-term campaign of public harassment for doing so. Now imagine if that pastor extended that threat to include appearances at the governor´s home and at his children´s sporting events, and that Republican and conservative elected officials on hand during the pastor´s announcement voiced no objection to the pastor´s threats. All of that would be news, right? Well, Detroit pastor Charles E. Williams II, described here as "Pastor, Historic King Solomon Baptist Church

Egypt Islamists claim
majority in referendum
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/16/2012 9:31:30 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO - A narrow majority of Egyptians who voted in the first round of a referendum on a proposed Islamist-backed constitution have approved the document, according to unofficial tallies compiled by the Muslim Brotherhood and released early Sunday. An official tweet by the Brotherhood, Egypt´s most powerful political group, said its tallies showed nearly 57 percent of voters said "yes" to the disputed charter, while about 43 percent voted "no." The vote was held on Saturday in 10 of the country´s 27 provinces, including Cairo and the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria

  


  

Michigan´s ´hot dog guy´
getting new digs after
protesters destroyed his supplies
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 9:01:21 AM     Post Reply
The “hot dog guy” is getting new digs. Clinton Tarver, the owner of Clint’s Hot Dog Cart and Casual Catering, saw his small business thrust into the national spotlight on Tuesday when his supplies were destroyed at a pro-union protest against right-to-work legislation in Lansing, Mich. “Violent” demonstrators tore down a tent where Tarver was serving his dogs, he said, prompting a staff member for a local lawmaker to create an online fundraiser for the 63-year-old downtown fixture. As of Friday, more than $33,000 had been donated. “I’m overwhelmed,” Tarver said Friday. “The public has shown such love to me.

Former Obama Official,
Daily Show Writer Mock
Newtown Killer´s Slain Mother
Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 8:51:24 AM     Post Reply
Andrew McLaughlin, a former member of President Obama´s senior White House staff, who served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, mocked Nancy Lanza, the murdered mother of the Newtown, CT massacre killer Adam Lanza, on Twitter Saturday evening: Andrew McLaughlin@McAndrew -The ever-brilliant Jo Miller nails it: "Thank god Nancy Lanza had a personal arsenal for her protection, or she might not be alive today."

Hillary Clinton FAINTS
and suffers concussion just
days after insisting she´s
not too old to run for
President in 2016
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 8:41:27 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has suffered a concussion after a fainting fit Saturday morning and is now recovering at home, officials said today. (Snip) ´Senator Kerry was relieved to hear that the Secretary is on the mend, but he insisted that given her condition, she could not and should not appear on Thursday as previously planned, and that the nation´s best interests are served by the report and hearings proceeding as scheduled with senior officials appearing in her place.´

Cheetahs get workout
at horse track
Houston Chronicle, by Carol Christian    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 8:34:16 AM     Post Reply
Cheetahs need to run. As the world´s fastest animals, the big cats can run up to 65 mph and need to get up to speed to burn off metabolic compounds. But the two who live at the Houston Zoo don´t have much opportunity to do that. "They need about 600 feet," said Beth Schaefer, the zoo´s curator of primates and carnivores. "We don´t have that straightaway anywhere on zoo grounds." So, where can Kito and Kiburi, a pair of 5-year-old cheetah brothers go to burn off energy? It turns out that a great place is the turf track

  


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"Family Guy," "American Dad"
pulled after rampage
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 8:21:10 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- Hollywood has responded to the rampage at a Connecticut elementary school by pulling back on its offerings, and one star says the entertainment industry should take some responsibility for such violence. Fox pulled new episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" that were to air Sunday to avoid potentially sensitive content. The originally scheduled episode of "Family Guy" had Peter telling his own version of the nativity story. The "American Dad" episode told the story of a demon who punished naughty children at Christmas. Both series plan to substitute reruns.

Obama administration,Congress quietly
let school security funds lapse
Washington Guardian, by John Solomon and Kimberly Dvorak    Original Article
Posted By: snapper451- 12/16/2012 8:13:03 AM     Post Reply
Beneath the expressions of grief, sorrow and disbelief over the Connecticut school massacre lies an uneasy truth in Washington: over the last few years the Obama administration and Congress quietly let federal funding for several key school security programs lapse in the name of budget savings.Government officials told the Washington Guardian on Friday night that two Justice Department programs that had provided more than $200 million to schools for training,
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High court fight looms
over right to carry a gun
Associated Press, by Mark Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2012 8:09:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The next big issue in the national debate over guns - whether people have a right to be armed in public - is moving closer to Supreme Court review. A provocative ruling by a panel of federal appeals court judges in Chicago struck down the only statewide ban on carrying concealed weapons, in Illinois. The ruling is somewhat at odds with those of other federal courts that have largely upheld state and local gun laws, including restrictions on concealed weapons, since the Supreme Court´s landmark ruling declaring that people have a right to have a gun for self-defense.

Ike and the generals -- how Eisenhower
stood up to his own military
Fox News, by Evan Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2012 5:52:35 AM     Post Reply
Dwight Eisenhower loved the army, in which he served for almost all of his adult life. His favorite form of relaxation, after golf, was to sit down for a drink and swap war stories with some old West Point classmates. When he left the White House in 1961, he puzzled his successor, John F. Kennedy, by asking to be returned to his five-star army rank, which meant that in retirement he would be referred to as “General,” not “Mr. President.” But to know and love the military was not necessarily to trust it, at least when it came to

  


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Twelve Months of Reading
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2012 5:48:28 AM     Post Reply
Judd Apatow I am honored to have been asked to recommend books because I love books. I mean, I love buying books. I can´t say I read most of the books I buy. Recently I decided to believe that buying books is as good as reading them. (Snip)I am so excited for 2013, when I will have plenty of time to read. Here is a list of books I hope to read but probably won´t because something great is on TV. "Who I Am" by Pete Townshend. I love rock biographies, and the Who are my favorite band,

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.

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”;

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