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  • Rep. Phil Gingrey to Sebelius: Prove You Met with President About Obamacare

    12/17/2013 6:29:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/17/13 | Wynton Hall
    In a move sure to spark consternation inside the White House, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) sent a letter Tuesday to embattled Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting she produce a list of the one-on-one meetings she and President Barack Obama allege to have held in the over three-and-a-half years leading up to Obamacare’s calamitous rollout—meetings that do not appear on the White House´s own official calendar. “I have been greatly concerned over the lack of transparency and disregard for straight answers,” says Gingrey in his letter to Sebelius. “The Government Accountability Institute reported this month that according
  • Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors

    12/17/2013 6:25:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army is sending roughly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors to a screening board for early separation this spring, the Army Times reported. Up to 20 percent of those screened — approximately 3,800 officers — could be scheduled to leave the service by the Officer Separation Board and Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board. Officers with fewer than 18 years of federal active service will have their screening process done by OSB, and those with more than 18 years of service will see the E-SERB, according to the Army Times. “The Army’s drawdown plan is a balanced approach while maintaining
  • Wasserman Schultz op-ed describes Obama

    12/17/2013 6:18:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 12/17/13 | Ron Laiacona
    **SNIP** With her right eye open, she sees Gov. Scott entrenched in many scandals and hurting the health care industry. She sees him taking numerous long trips, hiring the wrong people, and cries out about his administration's forced resignations. She feels he is making things harder on the middle class, and is lacking the leadership to run a state. She then adds that his approval rating remains toxic and that a CEO of a large corporation would have been fired.
  • L.A. gay couple to marry on Rose Parade float

    12/17/2013 6:16:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    dailybreeze.com ^ | 12/17/13, 12:48 PM PST | Sarah Favot,
    The wedding of Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, will take place atop a giant wedding cake-shaped float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, according to a press release. It is the third float sponsored by the foundation. ... Leclair and Boots will take their vows before the nearly 500,000 people who will line Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1 and millions of television viewers watching around the globe.
  • Laptop Bricked

    12/17/2013 6:12:57 PM PST · by GeronL · 92 replies
    2-17-2014 | geronl
    My nephew has a Toshiba Satellite A205 with Windows 7, 3GB RAM and 200GB harddrive. We were downloading "Marvel Heroes" and had gotten down to the last few packages when it went black. Nothing was working. The light indicated it was "on" but there was zero activity for a very long time. Rebooting.. nope it did not reboot. The "on" light turned on but there was no booting whatsoever. I had just cleaned the harddrive out of all malware days ago, it was purring like a kitten before this. Now it doesn't even attempt to boot. I need help resetting...
  • White House picks LGBT icons to open Sochi Olympics — pressure on Russian gay civil rights?

    12/17/2013 6:12:46 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 17, 2013 | Carla Marinucci
    The White House has named two prominent gay athletes — skater Brian Boitano and tennis great Billie Jean King — to represent the country at the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, a move that could spotlight growing protests over LGBT rights in Russia. The choice has raised hope that the sports icons will showcase concerns about new so-called “anti-propaganda” laws which have been criticized as an attack on gay rights in Russia.
  • General (Vallely): Americans must confront Obama's tyranny ('It is time to recall the reprobates...)

    12/17/2013 6:11:46 PM PST · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    WND ^ | December 17, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    Impeachment isn’t really a solution to America’s woes under President Obama, as Vice President Joe Biden and Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett are waiting in the shadows, according to a prominent critic of Washington. No one really wants to consider a revolution, either. So what is the nation to do to save itself from the “tyrannical centralized rule” developing under Obama? A vote of no confidence, according to the founder of Stand Up America, an organization that provides education resources for leaders and activists based on the values of the Founding Fathers. “Clearly America has lost confidence and no longer trusts...
  • 1.3 million Americans to lose unemployment benefits

    12/17/2013 6:11:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    PressTV ^ | 12/17/13
    More than 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits on December 28 as a budget deal proposal in Congress fails to extend the federal program. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program is not included into the budget deal that would likely pass the Senate this week. Senate Democrats have admitted that they would miss the deadline to extend the benefits and Senate Republicans have not paid attention to the issue at all.
  • McCain: Republicans opposed to budget deal ‘lack some intellectual integrity’ [VIDEO]

    12/17/2013 6:09:56 PM PST · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-17-2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain excoriated his conservative Republican colleagues Tuesday on the Senate floor for planning to vote against the House-passed budget deal, claiming their opposition “lacks some intellectual integrity.” The budget agreement cleared a key procedural block Tuesday morning, after the Senate voted 66-33 to end debate on the bill. Twelve Republican senators joined Democrats in supporting the move, but 33 others — mostly fiscal conservatives — voted against advancing the bill and are expected to reject the deal itself later this week. That didn’t sit well with Sen. McCain. “I understand that there are many of my...
  • Disabled Military Retirees Not Exempt from Pension Cuts in Budget Deal

    12/17/2013 6:07:16 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 45 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    A provision cutting the pensions of military retirees in the bipartisan budget deal that the Senate will vote on this week does not exempt disabled veterans, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. Disabled retirees were previously thought to be exempt from the changes to military retiree pay, which could cost servicemembers up to $124,000 over a 20-year period. The Free Beacon previously reported that military retirees under the age of 62 would receive 1 percentage point less in their annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the plan crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee...
  • Haters gonna hate. But they plan to vote Republican.

    12/17/2013 6:04:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/17/13 | Sean Sullivan, Scott Clement
    Meet the haters. We’re talking about the voters who’ve had it with all Washington politicians: President Obama, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats. Despite their distaste for, well, everyone, when push comes to shove, these voters are lining up squarely behind GOP candidates for Congress. It’s encouraging news for a Republican Party eyeing midterm elections now only about 11 months away. Why? Because it suggests the image problems the party’s congressional members have experienced — which have been worse than those suffered by Obama or congressional Democrats — don’t translate to a death knell at the ballot box. Seventy-two percent of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminid Meteors over Teide Volcano Image

    12/17/2013 6:03:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 17, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On some nights it rains meteors. Peaking two nights ago, asteroid dust streaked through the dark skies of Earth, showering down during the annual Geminids meteor shower. Astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado captured the space weather event, as pictured above, in a series of exposures spanning about 2.3 hours using a wide angle lens. The snowcapped Teide volcano of the Canary Islands of Spain towers in the foreground, while the picturesque constellation of Orion highlights the background. The star appearing just near the top of the volcano is Rigel. Although the asteroid dust particles are traveling parallel to each other,...
  • Black mob violence blamed on collective 'mental illness' (...traumatic syndrome of slavery')

    12/17/2013 6:02:55 PM PST · by Perseverando · 79 replies
    WND ^ | December 16, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    Wilmington, Del., has a big problem: Large groups of black people are going crazy. And this collective “mental illness” is causing record levels of crime and gun violence in this mostly black town of 70,000. That is the official diagnosis of the city council, which, by unanimous agreement earlier this month, asked the Centers for Disease Control to investigate a wave of psychological mayhem that has turned this historic and once-charming city into an unrecognizable husk of its former self. Chief diagnostician of this crisis in public health is city council member Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: “There is a well known...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Holiday Cookie Are You? ~ 18 December 2013

    12/17/2013 6:00:49 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 186 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
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  • How To Make a Brownie in a Mug IN 5 minutes

    12/17/2013 5:57:01 PM PST · by virgil283 · 34 replies
    Hungry? Need a sweet? Nothing in the house? Make a brownie in a mug...."By now I'm sure everyone and their grandmother has seen the Dizzy Dee microwave chocolate cake in a mug. However, whenever I've made it, I've found it to be somewhat gelatinous and, quite frankly, not really chocolatey. In its stead, here's a brownie recipe that I've been using for a while and with which I've gotten MUCH better result. Note: This really is more for those of you who prefer "fudgey" brownies to "cakey" ones." .....Patriot cooking;
  • Obama's Current Approval Rating Is The Ugliest Since Nixon

    12/17/2013 5:55:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2013, 10:02 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    President Barack Obama is ending his fifth year in office with the lowest approval ratings at this point in the presidency since President Richard Nixon, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday. Obama's approval rating in the poll stands at 43%. By comparison, President George W. Bush had a 47% approval rating at the end of the fifth year of his presidency. And all other Post-World War II presidents had approval ratings above 50% — with the exception of Nixon, who, amid the Watergate scandal, had a dreadful 29% approval rating.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 17, 2013 [Devotional]

    12/17/2013 5:51:27 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/17/13 | Joel Osteen
    Esteeming One Another Today's Scripture “And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us...” (Ephesians 5:2, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We don’t often hear the world esteem very much in our culture, but the Bible tells us to esteem and delight in one another. One definition of esteem is to hold in high regard. That means we are to honor and value one another and hold them in high regard, even if you don’t always agree with them. Sometimes people think, “That person doesn’t act...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2013]

    12/17/2013 5:49:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies "The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him . . ." —1 Corinthians 2:14 The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe . . .” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being...
  • (Exempt) Obama has yet to enroll in health insurance under Affordable Care Act

    12/17/2013 5:46:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/16/13
    The White House said Monday that President Obama has yet to sign up for health insurance through a federal website created by his signature health care law. **SNIP** Obama is not required to enroll through an online exchange like members of Congress and staffers who want to keep insurance through their employer, the federal government.
  • Scott Brown moving to New Hampshire

    12/17/2013 5:45:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 17, 2013
    Former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is selling his home in Massachusetts and moving to New Hampshire — perhaps the clearest sign yet that he's serious about running for Senate in the Granite State two years after losing his seat in its neighbor to the south.