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Pentagon debuts float in
Rose parade to honor vets
Associated Press, by Julie Watson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 10:08:07 AM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO - It´s been almost 60 years since James McEachin returned home with a bullet still lodged in his chest, finding an America indifferent toward the troops who fought in Korea. Now he will get the homecoming parade he had expected. The Defense Department for the first time will put a float in Pasadena´s Tournament of Roses , one the most watched parades , to commemorate the veterans from a conflict that still casts a shadow over the world. "I think it´s a magnificent gesture and it cures a lot of ills," said McEachin,

Joe Biden Named 2012
Joke of the Year
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/31/2012 9:58:32 AM     Post Reply
Well, the vote has been counted. And Vice President Joe Biden is the recipient of the first annual, not-so-coveted Joke of the Year Award. It´s a BFD. Without even trying, the Veepman has provided more laughs for millions of Americans than his highly-paid late-night competitors. Biden helped Republican Mitt Romney win the state of North Carolina by declaring there that the middle class had been buried during the last four years.

Here comes 2013! Sydney
is first major world city
to celebrate as New Year
spreads across the globe
Daily Mail (UK), by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 9:34:52 AM     Post Reply
The New Year started with a bang today as the first countries to toast 2013 did so in style. The central Pacific Ocean island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) and the eastern-most island in the island nation of Kiribati were the first to usher in the New Year at 10am GMT. And Sydney was the first major world city to see in 2013 at 1pm GMT, with some 1.5 million people attending the city´s events.Eager revellers camped over Sunday night on the shores of the harbour to get the best vantage points to see the fireworks show

  


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Brace For an Avalanche
of Unfunded Debt
US News and World Report, by Mortimer B. Zuckerman    Original Article
Posted By: galloglass- 12/31/2012 9:20:08 AM     Post Reply
All eyes have been on the clear and present danger of the fiscal cliff—understandably—but there´s a sound in the mountain range that´s even scarier than the cliff. It´s the sound made by an avalanche, the trillions of dollars of debt that´s heading our way, gathering speed and mass. For most people, it´s out of earshot now, and that´s the way our government prefers to play it in its financial statements. Liabilities are not set out there in accordance with the well-established norms of the private sector, where this overhang of liabilities would set off alarm bells in the markets, with
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Obama lists those to blame for the
fiscal cliff and he´s not one of them
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/31/2012 9:11:30 AM     Post Reply
At this hour of the last day of 2012, 10 days into the new Mayan calendar, it´s become quite clear that the United States is falling off the much-looming fiscal cliff. Or perhaps it won´t. Or maybe if it does, Washington clowns will do something to reverse the new taxes and severe budget cuts. Or do part of something. Or maybe not. Got it? As five or six of you probably saw, Obama made a rare Sunday talkshow appearance to put his spin on the events or non-events. He sounded pretty pessimistic. Downright downbeat, in fact.

Homeless heir to Huguette Clark´s
$19M fortune found dead in Wyoming
New York Post, by Jeane MacIntosh    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/31/2012 9:03:51 AM     Post Reply
He could have been a $19 million hobo. The twisted saga of reclusive New York railroad heiress Huguette Clark took another bizarre turn yesterday when a long-lost heir — described as a transient man who potentially stood to get a whopping piece of her massive fortune — turned up dead under a Wyoming train overpass, authorities said. The body of Timothy Henry Gray, 60, was found by kids sledding near a Union Pacific Railroad span in the small town of Evanston, police there said yesterday. The “homeless” Gray, who was wearing a light jacket in 10-degree weather, died of hypothermia.

Software eases cookbook
authors into electronic age
Tampa Tribune [FL], by Jeff Houck    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 9:01:16 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA --Bartenders extraordinaire Dean Hurst of SideBern´s and Daniel Guess of Fly bar in Tampa know cocktails. A.J. Hurley and Ryan Gardner of the 715 Franklin creative co-op in Tampa know about making multimedia presentations. The four got together earlier this year to use each person´s expertise for the creation of an electronic book, or e-book, called "25 Classic Cocktails." Released Dec. 6 in Apple´s iTunes online store, the $6.99 book offers recipes for such pre-Prohibition drinks as the Gimlet, the Sidecar, the Bijou and the Hanky Panky. Each drink is accompanied by video clips

  


  

Let’s Give Up on the Constitution
New York Times, by Louis Michael Seidman    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 12/31/2012 9:00:25 AM     Post Reply
AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions. Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care?

Why Is Obama Caving on Taxes?
New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/31/2012 8:51:51 AM     Post Reply
The discouraging thing about the “fiscal cliff” negotiations is not that they have gone into the eleventh hour, or that they may go into the new year, or even that they won’t resolve the long-term budget deficit. It’s that President Obama has retreated on his hard line on taxes. In the months before the election, and in the weeks after his victory, Obama had a clear position: The Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000 were ending. He would not sign any extension, and if Republicans refused to extend tax cuts for income below that level,

Al-Qaida carves out own
country in Mali
Associated Press, by Rukmini Callimachi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 8:51:30 AM     Post Reply
MOPTI, Mali- Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic fighters are burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become al-Qaida´s new country. They have used the bulldozers, earth movers and Caterpillar machines left behind by fleeing construction crews to dig what residents and local officials describe as an elaborate network of tunnels, trenches, shafts and ramparts. In just one case, inside a cave large enough to drive trucks into, they have stored up to 100 drums of gasoline,

The Devil You Don´t Know
American Thinker, by Glenn Fairman    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/31/2012 8:49:16 AM     Post Reply
"Dwell on the past, lose an eye...." Russian Proverb. When we consider the specter of Islam ascending, the Left is truly conflicted.(snip)The Left´s moral and cultural relativism, coupled with its ideological investment in "Contra-Americana," has irrevocably demolished its powers of judgment. That´s why feminist organizations are strangely subdued over acid tossed in little girl´s faces for going to school in Afghanistan or in the blatant misogyny inherent in Shar´ia law.

  


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Piers Morgan Takes Aim at the Bible
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/31/2012 8:43:02 AM     Post Reply
You´ve got to hand it to bloviating Brit Piers Morgan. While he got most of the facts wrong in his recent targeting of the Second Amendment, it hasn´t stopped him from moving on to even more formidable targets. Such as the Bible. He says the book is "inherently flawed" -- and needs to be amended.

Obama: ‘I Cut Spending by
Over a Trillion Dollars in 2011’
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/31/2012 8:37:53 AM     Post Reply
Appearing on NBCs “Meet the Press” on Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he cut spending by more than $1 trillion in 2011. However, the White House Office of Management and Budget says that federal spending increased by $147 billion from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011.(snip) In fiscal 2011, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the federal deficit was $1,299,595,000,000. That was up from a deficit of $1,293,489,000,000 in fiscal 2010.
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Greenwich Village couple busted
with cache of weapons,
bombmaking explosives: sources
New York Post, by JAMIE SCHRAM,*    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 12/31/2012 8:35:29 AM     Post Reply
The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment. Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday.
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MSM Gives Us the Mushroom
Treatment on HHS Mandate
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/31/2012 8:17:31 AM     Post Reply
In December, there were five federal court decisions relating to ObamaCare. Chances are, however, that you will have heard about only one of them. If you do a web search for recent news stories on Hobby Lobby, whose long-shot request for a Supreme Court injunction against the HHS contraception mandate was denied last week, you will get thousands of hits. (Snip) Why have the media made such a big deal of the Hobby Lobby ruling while virtually ignoring the other December decisions? The answer is obvious. That the Obama Justice Department batted one-for-five in December is not to be advertised.

  


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Washington Post apologizes for ´asking
Redskins fans to burn their sofas
after the big game and send
them the videos´
Daily Mail [UK], by Beth Stebner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2012 8:16:57 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post has apologized for asking Redskins fans to burn couches at the end of Sunday’s game and send their videos to the news outlet. A writer for the Post Sports twitter handle wrote on Friday: ‘If you light your couch on fire after the Redskins and Cowboys on Sunday night, do us a favor and send us the video?’ Later that afternoon, they offered an apology, saying that it was interpreted as ‘condoning irresponsible behavior. We encourage fans to act responsibly.’ Furniture burning following a Redskins game is a tradition among the Washington team’s most devoted fans.

The 5 worst things that Barack
Obama did in 2012 (besides
winning that election)
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2012 7:50:38 AM     Post Reply
Twenty twelve sure was Obama’s year.[Snip] Despite being hampered by high unemployment and a sex-obsessed Democratic Party that oh-so wants to be invited to the Playboy Mansion, he managed to become something that in post-war history is relatively rare: a two term Democrat. Well done, sir. While Obama sits in the White House watching video mash ups of election night to the tune of The Only Way Is Up, for the losers the end of the year is an opportunity to remember the bad times. Here are a few of the things the Prez did, or didn’t do, in 2012.

Troubled Past for Suspect
in Fatal Subway Push
New York Times, by Marc Santora and Anemona Hartocollis    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/31/2012 6:56:55 AM     Post Reply
Long before Erika Menendez was charged with pushing a stranger to his death under an oncoming train at a Queens elevated station, she had years of contact with New York City’s mental health and law enforcement establishments. She was treated by the psychiatric staffs of at least two city hospitals, and caseworkers visited her family home in Queens to provide further help. She was also arrested at least three times, according to the police, twice after violent confrontations.

Blood clots like Clinton’s can be minor,
but stroke is a worry if they travel to the brain
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/31/2012 6:53:19 AM     Post Reply
Blood clots like the one that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is being treated for following her recent concussion can occur for a host of reasons. How serious a clot is depends on where it is and why it formed. A Clinton aide would not say where hers is located. WHAT THEY ARE: Blood pools and thickens into a clot after an injury or because of a heart problem, clogged arteries or other condition. Clots also can break off and travel to another part of the body.

Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/31/2012 6:40:35 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was hospitalized in New York on Sunday after doctors monitoring her recovery from a concussion discovered a blood clot, according to a statement from her office. The statement said that “in the course of a follow-up exam, Secretary Clinton’s doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.

  



Latest Senate committee report on Benghazi
terrorist attack faults State Department
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/31/2012 6:33:40 AM     Post Reply
A scathing Senate committee report on the Benghazi terrorist attack faults the State Department for failing to adequately respond to mounting security threats in the lead-up to the assault. The report says the facility was woefully under-protected at a time when the region, according to a top department official, was "flashing red" -- yet security was not improved, and nobody recommended the compound be shut down.The report, produced by the Senate homeland security committee and obtained by Fox News, follows the release of a State Department-commissioned review earlier in the month. Both are highly critical of the department.

Professor Calls for Death Penalty
for Climate Change ´Deniers´.
American Thinker, by Timothy Birdnow    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/31/2012 5:29:12 AM     Post Reply
It is as inevitable as the rising of the sun; the Left, when thwarted in their quest for power, suggests the use of lethal force to compel those who disagree. There is a nauseating litany of murders done by our betters in their pursuit of the Benthamite vision of "the greatest good for the most people" -- which in their minds equates to collectivization and socialism. You have Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Margaret Sanger, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot. Now we can add one more name to the list: Professor Richard Parncutt, Musicologist at Graz University in Austria.

´Make noise for my baby
mama!´ Kim Kardashian and
Kanye West confirm they are
expecting their first child
Daily Mail (UK), by Lizzie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 2:45:32 AM     Post Reply
Kim Kardashian is expecting her first child with her boyfriend Kanye West. The reality star´s representative confirmed the happy news to MailOnline. The pregnancy was revealed by Kanye onstage during a concert in Atlantic City on Sunday night as Kim watched. The rapper said ´stop the music´, then announced ´make noise for my baby mama right here,´ with a wide smile. Kanye´s announcement prompted a flurry of excited tweets from the audience. Watch announcement below...The two have been dating for eight months. They have previously denied pregnancy rumours. Kim is thought to be around the 12-week mark.

Among Top News Stories,
a War Is Missing
New York Times, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 2:38:20 AM     Post Reply
Look closely at the end-of-the-year lists of 2012’s top news stories. What’s missing? The 11-year-old war in Afghanistan and American-led counterterrorism efforts around the world. The Pew Research Center’s weekly polling on the public’s interest in news stories showed such a low level of interest that the overseas conflicts didn’t make the organization’s list of the year’s top 15 stories. Nor did the Afghan war come up often when The Associated Press conducted its annual poll of editors and news directors in the United States. The only overseas stories voted to be the year’s top news stories

India gang-rape victim´s family
want killers executed
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/31/2012 12:46:33 AM     Post Reply
NEW DELHI: The family of a murdered Indian gang-rape victim will not rest until her killers are hanged, her brother said in an interview published on Monday. "The fight has just begun. We want all the accused hanged, and we will fight for that, till the end," the brother told the Indian Express. Six men are facing murder charges after allegedly luring the 23-year-old onto a bus in New Delhi on December 16 and then taking it in turns to rape her before throwing her out of the moving vehicle. She died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital

Obama signs warrant-less
surveillance bill
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 12:35:48 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama Sunday signed a five-year extension of the law allowing warrant-less electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists, the White House said. The statement from the press secretary´s office simply stated the president had signed the measure, without which the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would have expired at year´s end. The Senate had given its approval to the re-authorization of the act´s provisions on a 73-23 vote Friday, the Los Angeles Times said. The House had passed it previously. The law has bee criticized by privacy advocates,

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