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Celebrations more
subdued this time round
Fairfax Media [AUS], by Nick O´Malley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/19/2013 7:27:43 PM     Post Reply
Over the next 24 hours Barack Obama will place his hand on three Bibles to swear two oaths before God to faithfully execute the Office of President of these ostensibly secular United States, becoming only the second president to take the oath four times. On Sunday in Washington, Mr Obama will swear the oath on Michelle Obama´s family Bible in a private White House ceremony to abide by the constitutional decree that the oath must be taken on January 20. (Snip) According to the George Washington University political science professor Michael Cornfield, the lead-up to this year´s inauguration

´I wasn´t part of this´:
Manti Te´o breaks his silence
and says he had nothing to
do with online girlfriend hoax
Daily Mail (UK), by John Clarke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 7:25:35 PM     Post Reply
Breaking his silence for the first time, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te´o finally answered whether or not he was part of the Lennay Kekua online girlfriend hoax. ´No. Never,´ Te´o said in an interview Friday night with ESPN´s Jeremy Schaap. ´I wasn´t faking it,´ he said. ´I wasn´t part of this.´ Scroll down for video- Te´o also said that he did not make up anything to help his Heisman Trophy chances. ´When (people) hear the facts, they´ll know,´ he said. ´They´ll know that there is no way that I could be part of this.´

Executed: Five Britons feared
dead after Algeria hostage crisis
ends in bloodbath as first
chilling pictures emerge of Al
Qaeda gunmen storming gas plant
Daily Mail (UK), by Ian Gallagher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 7:13:50 PM     Post Reply
Five Britons are feared dead after the Algerian hostage crisis ended in a murderous bloodbath yesterday. The four-day siege reached its climax after seven workers were executed in a final, monstrous act of violence by their Al Qaeda-linked captors just as special forces soldiers stormed the desert gas facility to try to rescue them. Their nationalities are not yet known. All of the 11 remaining militants – who had booby-trapped the complex with explosives – were later shot dead in a fierce gun battle. Scroll down for video

  


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Pennsylvania girl, 5, suspended for
threatening to shoot girl with pink
toy gun that blows soapy bubbles
Fox News, by Edmund DeMarche    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/19/2013 6:44:00 PM     Post Reply
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten. Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a ´terroristic threat.´ But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to ´threatening to harm another student,´ which apparently carries a lesser punishment. "It´s laughable," Robin Ficker, the girl´s attorney told FoxNews.com.

New Book Claims Journalists
´Swooned´ Over Obama During
Off The Record Bar Visit Last Year
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2013 6:12:28 PM     Post Reply
As NewsBusters has been reporting for years, there is no objective press anymore - only sycophants gushing and fawning over the political leaders they agree with and admire. More evidence of this came Friday from the Washington Examiner´s Charlie Spiering who shared with readers some startling observations in Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings´ new book including journalists swooning over Barack Obama at an off-the-record event held at a bar in Orlando, Florida, last year: “The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned!

NBC Poll: Absentee
Parents and Hollywood
to Blame for Gun Crime
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2013 6:01:27 PM     Post Reply
For the first time in a long time--perhaps ever--Americans are pointing the finger of blame at absentee parents and Hollywood productions instead of law-abiding gun owners. As a new poll conducted by NBC/Wall Street Journal reveals, 83 percent of Americans say that parents who "don´t pay enough attention to what´s going on in their kids lives" share "a great deal" of responsibility for shootings like those at the Aurora theater, Sandy Hook Elementary, and Tuscon, AZ. Moreover, the same poll shows that 62 percent of Americans believe that moviesappealing way share a large portion of the

First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
gun buyback joined by counter rally
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Travis Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/19/2013 5:58:48 PM     Post Reply
It was a gun sellers market in downtown Dallas Saturday. The previously mentioned gun buyback hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and The Stewpot found itself with some competition from an eager group of gun buyers that set up across the street. Signs saying “We pay more!” and “Give your gun a happy home” were waved along the street, trying to sway individuals planning to take guns to the Presbyterian event to cross the street and sell the gun to another private owner for more money and prevent its destruction. First Presbyterian has been holding gun buybacks for years

  


  

US, Israeli leaders locked
in tension as threats loom
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/19/2013 5:49:37 PM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will have to bury past hostilities if the Israeli prime minister is re-elected to jointly face looming threats such as Iran, analysts say. The two men have never warmed to each other, and ties have remained frosty. Obama pointedly failed to make time to meet the Israeli leader on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September. Netanyahu also made little secret of the fact that he was rooting for Obama´s Republican rival, Mitt Romney, in November´s US presidential election. Yet another spat made public headlines this week when Netanyahu

CBS News Joins Obama’s
War on the Republican
Party, Civil Rights
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2013 5:21:26 PM     Post Reply
John Nolte picked up on a column written by John Dickerson, in the amateur e-zine known as Slate. Dickerson calls on President Obama to use his Second Inaugural address to do what he has already been doing since his re-election, namely, to declare war on the GOP. Dickerson uses such eliminationist rhetoric as “go for the throat” to get Obama’s blood up and get going on “transforming” the country. Obama has spent just about every minute since his re-election trying to destroy the GOP. John Dickerson is a lickspittle hanger-on fanboy. Dickerson’s column wouldn’t be all that remarkable for Slate.

CBS News´ Political Director: Obama
Must ´Destroy´ Republican Party
Breitbart's Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/19/2013 3:50:34 PM     Post Reply
Reading the Left´s fevered desires over at Slate isn´t anything new. Not even articles breathlessly titled and subtitled: Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party. Not even articles that read: The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat. … Obama’s only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not,

´Mali incursion raises
risk to French Jews´
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by JTA    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/19/2013 3:23:41 PM     Post Reply
France’s military involvement in Mali “significantly increases” the threat facing French Jews, the country´s Jewish communal security service said. “The situation requires we raise the level of protection around our community and double the level of vigilance around synagogues, Jewish schools, community centers and gathering places,” said a communiqué by SPCJ, which often determines its level of preparedness based on consultations with French authorities. French ground forces deployed to the capital Bamako last week and began advancing northward on Jan. 15 to engage Islamist rebels.

  


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Former D.C Mayor Marion Barry
claims the FBI was trying to kill
him in 1990 crack cocaine sting
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/19/2013 2:59:43 PM     Post Reply
Former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry is no stranger to controversy so it´s somehow unsurprising that he now claims the FBI attempted to murder him when he was arrested for crack cocaine possession in 1990. Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room with ex-girlfriend Rasheeda Moore during his third term. It was later revealed that Moore was given the drug from undercover officers and was cooperating with an FBI investigation. ´The FBI had a mind to entrap me, also the FBI tried to kill me by having some substance that wasn´t proven to be crack,´

North Africa:
Morocco Terror Risk Spikes
AllAfrica [Washington,DC], by Hassan Benmehdi & Siham Ali*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/19/2013 2:52:42 PM     Post Reply
The deadly conflict now unfolding in Mali between armed Islamists and an international military coalition seems far removed from Morocco. But with al-Qaeda working to foster ties with distant extremist circles, the active recruiting of Moroccan jihadists brings the Mali crisis perilously close to the kingdom. In late December, the Moroccan judicial police broke up an al-Qaeda cell in Fez. The group´s goal: to "enrol and recruit young Moroccans who have embraced jihadist ideas, in order to send them to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) camps", the interior ministry said. Morocco shares no border

Lady Gaga to perform at inaugural ball
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 2:38:04 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Watch out Beyonce and Katy Perry. There´s another diva set to perform during the inauguration festivities — Lady Gaga. A person familiar with the inauguration tells The Associated Press that the pop star will perform at Tuesday´s ball for White House staffers. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn´t authorized to publicly reveal the information. The staff ball is typically a private affair. During the last inauguration festivities, Jay-Z reportedly performed at it. According to one attendee, Jay-Z rapped a riff on one of his hit songs,

Algeria: 32 Militants Killed,
With 23 Hostages
Associated Press, by Paul Shemm & Karim Kebir    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/19/2013 2:36:28 PM     Post Reply
Algiers, Algeria - The Algerian government says 32 militants and 23 captives were killed during the three-day military operation to end the hostage crisis at a natural gas plant in the Sahara. The provisional death toll was issued by the Interior Ministry on Saturday after the special forces operation crushed the last holdout of the militants at the gas refinery, resulting in 11 extremists killed along with seven hostages. A total of 685 Algerian and 107 foreigner workers were freed over the course of the standoff, which began on Wednesday, the statement added. The military also confiscated machine guns,

  


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Obama´s Delivered 699 Speeches Using
a Teleprompter Since Taking Office
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 2:34:53 PM     Post Reply
Since becoming the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama has delivered 699 speeches using a Teleprompter, according to statistics compiled by CBS reporter Mark Knoller. That number includes campaign speeches, State of the Union addresses, and everything in between.All told, according to Knoller, President Obama has made 1,852 speeches, remarks and comments. Obama´s given 35 "speeches in which he referred to Slurpees." He´s held 58 town halls. The president´s gone golfing 113 times, playing 52 times close to the White House at Andrews Air Force Base.

School board: We´re satisfied
superintendent accused of
plagiarism ´understands her mistake´
NJ.com, by Meghan D. Hodgin    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/19/2013 2:30:52 PM     Post Reply
Bedminster — The board of education says it has looked into the concerns surrounding two cases of possible plagiarism by Superintendent of Schools Carolyn R. Koos, and is "satisfied that she understands her mistake and will not repeat it," board president Louis Casella said in a statement. "The board has fully expressed and discussed its concerns with the superintendent," Casella said. "Superintendent Koos has apologized for any adverse effect this may have had on the district." NJ.com first reported the possible plagiarism Jan. 10, when a letter sent to the district appeared to be a near word-for-word

Boko Haram leader Shekau
shot, escapes to Mali
Vanguard [Nigeria], by Kingsley Omonobi    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/19/2013 2:13:13 PM     Post Reply
Abuja - There were indications yesterday in Abuja, that the leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau was wounded during a gun battle with security men recently. Sources said in Abuja that security agencies traced the whereabouts of Shekau, who succeeded late Mohammed Yusuf as leader of the sect to Mali, where he escaped to after sustaining injuries during a gun duel with soldiers of the Joint Task Force, JTF, a.k.a Operation Restore Order. Sources told Saturday Vanguard that the Federal Government approved the deployment of 1,200 soldiers apparently because of

Do You Know What
is Happening in Mali?
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Prof. Phyllis Chesler    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/19/2013 2:05:15 PM     Post Reply
During the third debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney talked about Mali and the danger al-Qaeda represented there. The Obamamedia laughed and derided Romney, carrying Barack Obama’s water and continued advancing the fraud that Obama had decimated al-Qaeda, even though al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists had taken over an American consulate and killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya just weeks prior. Surprise!!!! Al-Qaeda in Mali is a serious enough threat that the French, The French!, have invaded Mali to fight them there. It looks like Romney was indeed

Gunmen fire on Nigerian
Islamic leader´s convoy in Kano
Reuters, by Chukwuemeka Madu*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/19/2013 1:17:33 PM     Post Reply
Kano-Gunmen opened fire on the convoy of one of Nigeria´s most senior Islamic leaders in the northern city of Kano on Saturday, killing four people, although the Emir of Kano himself escaped unhurt, authorities said. Violence has worsened in Kano, the north´s main city, in the past week, with near daily attacks by Islamist sect Boko Haram against security forces.(Snip)Practicing a strict Wahabist brand of Islam modeled on the Afghan Taliban, Boko Haram are fiercely anti-establishment and often attack Islamic clerics, many of whom they regard as corrupt, self serving and insufficiently strict in their interpretation of the Koran.

  



Obama gets his hands dirty
volunteering at local
school on National Day of
Service as Chelsea Clinton
kicks of his inauguration
celebrations in Washington
Associated Press/Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 12:36:55 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama rolled up his sleeves to help paint bookshelves at a run-down Washington school today to mark a National Day of Service, as Chelsea Clinton helped kick off his three-day inauguration celebration. The former first daughter spoke at a summit on the National Mall to urge people to participate in volunteer projects, saying there´s a chain of service that links generations of Americans from all across the country. Meanwhile, Obama, First Lady, Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha, joined 500 volunteers to spruce up Burrville Elementary School.

Go for the Throat!
Slate, by John Dickerson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/19/2013 12:31:26 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, President Obama will preside over the grand reopening of his administration. It would be altogether fitting if he stepped to the microphone, looked down the mall, and let out a sigh: so many people expecting so much from a government that appears capable of so little. A second inaugural suggests new beginnings, but this one is being bookended by dead-end debates. Gridlock over the fiscal cliff preceded it and gridlock over the debt limit, sequester, and budget will follow. After the election, the same people are in power in all the branches of government and

Nations agree on legally
binding mercury rules
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2013 12:26:21 PM     Post Reply
More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks. [Snip]The convention will regulate a range of areas, including: the supply of and trade in mercury; the use of mercury in products and industrial processes; the measures to be taken to reduce emissions from artisanal and small-scale gold mining; the measures to be taken to reduce emissions from power plants and metals production facilities. Ahead of the five-day meeting, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) published a report warning that developing nations were facing growing health and environmental risks from

The Lesson in the
Betrayal of Sarah Palin
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/19/2013 12:23:00 PM     Post Reply
Rush Limbaugh on his radio show discussed an article which stated that there is no respected voice in the national arena articulating conservatism. Such an advocate for conservatism is crucial to reversing the direction of America as Obama drives us toward socialism while low-info voters gleefully sing Kumbaya in the backseat. Well excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but we had an extraordinary advocate for conservatism, and look what happened to her. Judas on our side betrayed her -- sold her reputation for 30 seconds of fame and favor with the media.

Algerian hostage siege ends after
special forces storm gas complex;
at least 19 hostages dead
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/19/2013 12:20:07 PM     Post Reply
Ain Amenas, Algeria — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 19 hostages and 29 militants dead. Dozens of foreign workers remain unaccounted for, leading to fears the death toll could rise. With few details emerging from the remote site in eastern Algeria, it was unclear whether anyone was rescued in the final operation. The siege at Ain Amenas transfixed the world after radical Islamists linked to al-Qaida stormed the complex, which contained hundreds of plant workers

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