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Harry´s heroes: A compelling dispatch
from the Afghan frontline from nerve-
shredding missions on Christmas Day
to a Prince queuing at the camp canteen
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/30/2012 6:58:53 AM     Post Reply
I am sitting in the front of a heavily armoured truck. The handgrip of an SA80 rifle rests against my knee and the top gunner, manning the General Purpose Machine Gun on the cab’s roof, stands against my right shoulder.[Snip] But my briefing from the cheerful Marine sergeant before we set off is succinct and gloriously matter-of-fact. ‘Strap yourself in tight. If we encounter small-arms fire, keep your head down. But if the truck goes over, the top gunner will drop into your lap. Make sure you catch him and hold on.’ I had been rolled in

Hobby Lobby and the
Loss of America´s Soul
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/30/2012 6:14:37 AM     Post Reply
In America, established rights such as religious liberty and the right to bear arms are currently under attack. Liberals are in charge and they seem to feel that straightforward Constitutional precepts require alteration or eradication. Take for instance the "right to privacy" -- the left has had no problem broadening the meaning of "privacy" to include the right to kill an unborn child. As for religious liberty, unless you´re a Muslim demanding a Ramadan meal, liberals like Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor

Senate-passed $60.4 billion Sandy aid
package heads to tight-fisted House
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2012 5:53:07 AM     Post Reply
The $60.4 billion emergency-aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims that the Senate has passed now faces an uncertain, final vote in the Republican-controlled House, which has expressed a desire to pass a less-expensive bill in the final days of the lame duck session. The measure passed the Democrat-controlled Senate on Friday by a 62-32 vote, after Republicans failed to pass amendments that would have cut the package to $24 billion. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that only about $9 billion of the $60.4 billion would be spent over the next nine months.



Watch a Mash-Up of Celebrities
Demanding Gun Control (in Real Life)
Gratuitously Using Guns (Onscreen)
New York Magazine, by Elliot Glazer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:49:45 AM     Post Reply
Last week, we pointed you to a PSA from Mayor Bloomberg´s gun-control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in which the rich, famous, and pretty decried the need for stricter gun control (or something not quite specified). Some, like YouTube user Mike Hunt (ahem!), blame those very same people for perpetuating a culture of violence in the first place. In his own biting video response, he peppers in hyper-violent, trigger-happy footage against video of each celebrity wearing black and speaking in a hushed tone, respectively.

Pop-star president´s
power already dissipating
Washington Examiner [DC], by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:39:38 AM     Post Reply
"The organization doesn´t exist without belief in the candidate," White House senior adviser David Plouffe told Politico after November´s election. "They turned out for Barack Obama. It was all because of him." "All because of him." That comment may sting the hundreds of Democratic candidates who spent countless hours working on their own campaigns, but it is also probably true. Obama is a fantastically popular political figure whose personal connection with voters led to record turnout among many demographics. But Obama´s appeal probably will not last much beyond 2016, if it even lasts that long.

Speaker Boehner spotted
´having a good time´ downing
margaritas and Mexican food
hours after White House
fiscal cliff meeting
Daily Mail (UK), by Hayley Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/30/2012 5:39:27 AM     Post Reply
In the midst of a grueling, final-hour push by Congress to rescue the economy from the looming fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner sought brief reprieve with an evening of margaritas and Mexican fare in Arlington, a source told Mail Online. Dressed in a festive, bright red sweater, a cheery Boehner arrived through a side door at Guapo´s in Shirlington around 7:15 p.m. Friday - about three hours after he left stone-faced from a meeting at the White House with other congressional leaders and President Obama -

The Father of the Chicken Nugget
Slate, by Maryn McKenna    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:36:11 AM     Post Reply
We think we know the chicken nugget: small, salty, and spongy, derided by Michael Pollan and reviled by Jamie Oliver, who recreated them on camera by whizzing a chicken in a food processor and forcing it through a sieve. We know that children adore them, that parents are conflicted about them, that public-health campaigners despise them for sparking an epidemic of obesity. We know we can’t get away from them: There are nuggets at almost every fast-food chain, on almost every restaurant kids’ menu, and in almost every supermarket freezer: breaded or naked; fried or grill-marked;



Could Belgium Bring
Down Scientology?
Atlantic, by Alexander Abad-Santos    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:32:20 AM     Post Reply
Scientologists may be facing their most daunting court case yet, and all it took was for someone to stop calling them a cult. After a years long legal battle, federal prosecutors in Belgium now believe their investigation is complete enough to charge the Church of Scientology and its leaders as a criminal organization on charges of extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine. "The decision follows years of investigation that was triggered by a complaint by the Labour Mediation Service in the Brussels Region. Labour mediators were unhappy with a number of labour contracts,"

Oliver Stone to RT:
‘US has become
an Orwellian state’
RT (Russia), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/30/2012 5:30:46 AM     Post Reply
Americans are living in an Orwellian state argue Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, as they sit down with RT to discuss US foreign policy and the Obama administration’s disregard for the rule of law. (Snip)According to Kuznick, American citizens live in a fish tank where their government intercepts more than 1.7 billion messages a day. “That is email, telephone calls, other forms of communication.” RT’s Abby Martin in the program Breaking the Set discusses the Showtime film series and book titled The Untold History of the United States co-authored by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.

The Seventh Circuit Blocks the HHS
Mandate for a Private Business
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2012 5:26:00 AM     Post Reply
Late yesterday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a read in its entirety, but two parts stand out. First, the court disagreed with the Tenth Circuit’s recent decision rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request for a similar injunction. In a key paragraph the court stated:

O’s cloud over us all
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:20:54 AM     Post Reply
Americans are in a panic. Crowds throng gun shows and shops. Blue-chip companies fast-forward next year’s dividends to this year. Investors cash out profits, estate planners report a rush of people trying to beat higher inheritance taxes and lobbyists line up for favors. What these people share is the goal of avoiding or benefitting from government actions. More than ever, the “invisible hand” of free markets is being replaced by the visible hand of bureaucrats. The political class is the new master of the universe. If this were being staged in a theater, the national epidemic of expectation



Nation running out of ammo
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Reaction to threats by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others to ban certain weapons and severely restrict ownership of guns generally has caused a run on gun stores, as is widely reported. Less reported is the run on ammunition, leaving ammunition inventories down 93% since election day. So reports Traction Control blog, Plunge! Ammunition Levels Less Than 10% of Pre-Election Levels: Ammunition Stock levels have fallen by more than 90% from the pre-Election Day levels. Less than 10% remains available. Available Ammunition links will be updated throughout the day.

Judge rebuffs feds´ secret
arguments on no-fly list
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:13:31 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge in California has rejected the Obama administration´s effort to use secret arguments and evidence to defeat a lawsuit relating to the so-called no-fly list designed to keep suspected terrorists off of airline flights. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup turned down a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss former Stanford student Rahinah Ibrahim´s lawsuit against various federal government agencies over her reported inclusion on the no-fly list as well as an incident in September 2005 where she was barred from taking a flight from San Francisco and detained for a couple of hours.

Dick Armey Defends His $8 Million
Deal to Leave FreedomWorks
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:10:34 AM     Post Reply
Former House majority leader Dick Armey says he took an $8 million consulting deal in return for leaving the conservative organization FreedomWorks because the group was "dishonest" and because he "couldn´t leave with empty pockets." The arrangement, he says, will allow him to "never have to work again forever." In an interview with ABC News as he was winding down his Wii Fit workout, Armey spoke frankly and at length about his dispute with FreedomWorks, his eyebrow raising consulting contract, and the strategy of the Republican Party.

Fiscal Cliff Countdown:
What the Principals Want
Daily Beast, by Abby Haglage    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2012 5:07:58 AM     Post Reply
If you’re just now entering the "fiscal cliff" conversation—the name given to automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1, a leftover from 2011´s dismal debt-ceiling debate—count yourself lucky. For the unfortunate few entrenched in the scramble to keep us from tumbling over, it’s been a taxing (no pun intended) ride. As midnight Monday approaches, here’s a look at the key players, what they want, and why their dissenting desires have brought us to the brink. 1. President Obama Wish list: Higher taxes on the wealthy, stimulus spending, limited cuts to entitlements



Obama urging state lawmakers to
legalize gay marriage in Illinois
Chicago Sun-Times, by Lynn Sweet    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 5:02:50 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield. "While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday. "As he has said, his personal view is that it´s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so.

Republican Hopes Rest
on Suburban Comeback
PJ Media, by Patrick Reddy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 4:54:20 AM     Post Reply
Anytime a party suffers an unexpected defeat, there are two general responses: assigning blame and planning a better strategy for next time. After Jimmy Carter in 1980 was — in the words of CBS News’ Bob Schieffer — “whomped” by Ronald Reagan, Democrats went through both reactions. As would be expected, the Reagan victory caused much debate in Democratic Party circles about how to respond. (Mostly every Democrat except Jimmy Carter’s inner circle agreed that Democratic mistakes had greatly helped Reagan.)More traditional Democrats like Walter Mondale believed that Reagan’s victory was largely due to national anger

US sailors sue Tokyo Power
for masking radiation danger
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 4:49:03 AM     Post Reply
The fallout from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan is still going on, and now it’s affecting some United States military members. A group of sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan – who participated in rescue efforts during the disaster – are going to court saying that Tokyo Electric Power Company lied about the dangers posed by leaking radiation and have exposed the Americans to irreparable future damage. Eight US Navy sailors are suing Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for hundreds of millions of dollars over allegations

They never blame Hillary
Miami Herald [FL], by Aaron David MIller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 4:45:40 AM     Post Reply
Washington can be a cruel and unforgiving place. Want a friend? Harry Truman once said. Get a dog. Or maybe he didn’t say it. But it’s a good point: In this town, nobody gets a free pass from the press, the pundits and the pols. Nobody, that is, until Hillary Clinton. At the end of her tenure as secretary of state, she alone has emerged virtually unscathed — the lone superstar of the president’s first term. A recent poll has her numbers well above the president’s and exceeded only by you guessed it — her husband, Bill.

Ethiopian Kids Using Tablets
to Teach Themselves
Der Spiegel, by Fiona Ehlers    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 3:16:02 AM     Post Reply
The path to Wenchi leads along the rim of an extinct volcano. It winds through banana plantations and brier patches, with wild marjoram growing rampant along the edge. (snip) The children in Wenchi have no opportunity to attend school, because the nearest school is too far away or their parents prefer to send them out to fetch water or into the fields, where they watch the cows in the morning and the goats in the afternoon. But what if these children, who, like their parents, can neither read nor write, were provided with a computer? And if


Man jailed, caned for robbery
and credit card fraud
Straits Times [Singapore], by Khushwant Singh    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2012 3:07:50 AM     Post Reply
AN UNEMPLOYED man who robbed a bookie of $1,000 at knife point and also used stolen credit cards to cheat retailers of nearly $43,000 was jailed for eight years and ordered to be caned 12 times today. Ong Bee Han, 35, pleaded guilty to committing the robbery on Aug 29, 2010, with Low Soon Kwee and Ho Tze Wei. Low, 38, has been sentenced to four years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane while Ho, 36, is still at large. Ong was first charged for the robbery offence on Nov 12, 2010. While on bail,

Only one conviction in 635
rape cases reported
in Delhi this year
Press Trust of India [New Delhi, India], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2012 3:00:43 AM     Post Reply
There has been only one conviction out of over 600 cases of rape reported to Delhi Police this year even as crime against women has been on the rise in the national capital. As many as 754 accused were arrested in the 635 cases reported to Delhi Police between January and November, the highest in past five years, Union home ministry data said. Of these total accused, only one was convicted while 403 were facing trials, investigations were pending against 348 and two others were discharged. A total of 572 rape cases were reported to Delhi Police last year

Hanoi Jane Fonda tried to save
the lives of IRA hunger strikers
Belfast Telegraph, by Adrian Rutherford    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 2:57:52 AM     Post Reply
Hollywood actress Jane Fonda lobbied the British Government to intervene and stop the 1981 hunger strike, newly released files reveal. The two-time Oscar winning star sent a telegram to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urging her to grant the prisoners political status. (snip) The telegram, dispatched to Downing Street, is also signed by her then husband Tom Hayden, a US social and political activist. It states: “Please save the lives of the hunger strikers by granting them political status. “The sanctity of human life must override any political considerations.” The 1981 hunger strike triggered one of the worst crises of the

Obama Administration: We Can
and Will Force Christians to
Act Against Their Faith
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Keep_Right- 12/30/2012 2:54:44 AM     Post Reply
In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings. Because federal judges—including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor—have refused to grant an injunction protecting the owners of Hobby Lobby

How badly will budget cuts hurt
troops, DOD civilians?
Stars and Stripes, by Joyce Tsai    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 2:30:51 AM     Post Reply
Washington — In the final presidential debate, President Barack Obama declared to the American people with unflinching certainty that sequestration “will not happen.” Two months later, the Jan. 1 deadline is looming, with no debt reduction deal in sight. Now what? How quickly and deeply will these automatic defense budget cuts totaling about $500 billion over the next decade hit troops, Defense Department civilians and contractors? And how much will they hurt? (snip) For example, the number of flight hours that pilots get for regular training and the number of live-fire exercises for ground forces could be reduced. Maintenance of

Editorial: Light bulb ban on horizon
Washington Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 2:17:54 AM     Post Reply
The free market operates by offering incentives to consumers to change their behavior. Cutting prices, advertising and developing new products redirect the public’s impulses in a natural, painless way. The government, on the other hand, has no passion or patience for this sort of thing. Words like “must,” “shall,” and “mandate” pepper the texts of laws like Obamacare. The incandescent light-bulb ban, which goes into effect in March, is another case in point. The bulbs aren’t officially banned, just artificially obsolete. As part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Congress mandated that light bulbs have 25 percent

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