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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
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We Want To Know..... What Holiday Cookie Are You? Click here and take the quiz! To share your results, click on the pink "HTML" button, then copy and paste the code into a "Reply" box. Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • 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.
  • Senate GOP fails in final bid to restore military pension cuts to budget bill

    12/17/2013 5:45:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2013
    A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill. The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than Wednesday. Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees. A provision in the already House-passed bill would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by...
  • Glendale [California] Councilman Wants DreamWorks To Pay Up For Pres. Obama’s Visit

    12/17/2013 5:42:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 17, 2013 4:22 PM | Megan Goldsby
    GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — A Glendale councilman believes DreamWorks should foot some of the bill for increased security for President Barack Obama’s visit last month. KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby reports that Councilman Zareh Sinanyan told the city council that the city shouldn’t have to pay the $61,000 for security and traffic control on their own. Sinanyan says he thinks it’s fair for the animation studio to pay up because that’s where the president spoke about the importance of the film industry in the economy and met with employees. Glendale spokesman Tom Lorenz says the city receives federal funds throughout the year,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION 12-17-13

    12/17/2013 5:41:29 PM PST · by sushiman · 23 replies
    12/17/13 | sushiman
    Borders , language , culture !
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas

    The 12 days of Christmas, absolutely hilarious.
  • ‘Dangerous,’ ‘ludicrous’: PA bill would force Catholic schools to employ teachers in gay ‘marriages’

    12/17/2013 5:38:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Ben Johnson
    HARRISBURG, PA, December 17, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker has proposed a bill that would forbid Catholic schools from enforcing the Catholic church's teachings on homosexuality in parochial schools, a measure its critics are calling “ludicrous” and “dangerous to basic human freedoms.” The bill gained new life after Holy Ghost Preparatory School in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem fired Michael Griffin, who taught French and Italian. Griffin lives in New Jersey, where a county superior court judge legalized same-sex “marriage” in September, a decision that stood after Republican Governor Chris Christie dropped his appeal. After the ruling, Griffin and...
  • Benedict Defends Francis

    12/17/2013 5:34:21 PM PST · by wmap · 13 replies
    Ethika Politika ^ | December 16, 2013 | Andrew Haines
    Behind [the thirst for power and possessions] lurks a rejection of ethics and a rejection of God. Ethics has come to be viewed with a certain scornful derision. It is seen as counterproductive, too human, because it makes money and power relative. It is felt to be a threat, since it condemns the manipulation and debasement of the person
  • CNN Guest Says Depiction of White Jesus Has Been Used to Kill Millions...

    12/17/2013 5:25:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 17, 2013 | Matt Hadro
    Author Tim Wise said on Monday's OutFront that the historical depiction of Jesus as white has resulted in slavery and genocide and "speaks to the entire history of white supremacy." "Here's the reality. The image of a white Jesus has been used to justify enslavement, conquest, colonialism, the genocide of indigenous peoples. There are literally millions of human beings whose lives have been snuffed out by people who conquered under the banner of a white god," Wise claimed. [Video below the break. Audio here. http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2013-12-16-CNN-Wise-Jesus.mp3](VIDEO-AT-LINK)He added that "black folks can think Jesus is black and view Christ as black, but...
  • How the Consultant Class Views the Tea Party

    12/17/2013 5:07:23 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 17 December 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to start in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with Andrew. Hi, Andrew. I really appreciate your patience. Thank you very much for waiting. Hello. CALLER: Thank you, sir. I don't think the Republicans are suffering at all from PTSD. I think it's a classic case of the Stockholm Syndrome. They've been held captive for such a long time by the media, scared to death of them, and along comes the rescuers in the form of the Tea Party, and instead of embracing their freedom, they turn on them in the hopes of currying favor with their captors. RUSH:...
  • Allen West on Gov't Waste and Tea Party Disrespect (TEA Party Intelligence study)

    12/17/2013 5:07:08 PM PST · by Son House · 13 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Greta Van Susteren
    Former congressman on the annual 'Wastebook' and the government study devoted to studying the cognitive skills of Tea Party members
  • Should False Rape Accusers Be Sued?

    12/17/2013 5:04:38 PM PST · by OddLane · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | December 17, 2013 | Roxanne Jones
    Eighty years -- that's about how long it took the state of Alabama to posthumously pardon the last three of nine men who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of raping two white women on a train. They infamously were called the Scottsboro Boys, because the nine black men were just 12- to 19-years-old when they were arrested in 1931. It turned out that the women, Ruby Bates and Victoria Price, had lied to police about the rapes. At one of the trials, Bates recanted her testimony, saying she had made it all up. Still, the all-white jury convicted the...
  • The 2014 SOTU Address.Will There Be A "Deaf Interpreter" Standing Next To Obama?

    12/17/2013 5:01:19 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    After what will likely be "The Presidents Most Embarrassing Moment Of 2013", Have any of you wondered if the Running Deaf Interpreter Joke will keep running right through the State Of The Union Address? Hey, why not add a "Hard Of Hearing Interpreter" to the mix? {Remember That Bit From the 70's SNL News?}. Maybe one of the Freepers out there can make a photo-shop of this scenario. Odds are that the media and Americans will bring this up in January,just like they did with the never ending teleprompter jokes.
  • The Political Corollary to You Will Be Made to Care

    12/17/2013 4:58:46 PM PST · by Bratch · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | December 17th, 2013 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    Many of you are convinced you can sit on the sidelines or quietly take the side of the Republican Establishment in the upcoming primary season. Many of you are convinced it does not matter. Many of you are convinced that the GOP will do the right thing once they have control. Many of you will be made to care by a Republican Party intent on writing you off while taking your money and vote. Right now, while the GOP has stoked your anger over Barack Obama’s IRS harassing conservative groups, Senator Mitch McConnell and an orchestrated outside campaign of lobbyists,...
  • Margaret Sanger: “We Want to Exterminate the Negro Population.” Her Wish is Coming True

    12/17/2013 4:47:52 PM PST · by Diago · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/16/13 4:48 PM | Matthew Archbold
    Margaret Sanger: “We Want to Exterminate the Negro Population.” Her Wish is Coming True by Matthew Archbold | LifeNews.com | 12/16/13 4:48 PM If you listen very carefully to the coffin of Margaret Sanger you would hear absolutely nothing.Assuredly, she’s not rolling over in her grave that black and Hispanic babies are far more likely to be aborted than white babies. She might be dancing, however.Sanger once said, “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race” and even said, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful...
  • 10 Headlines Show Why Global Warming Alarm Is Bunk

    12/17/2013 4:38:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 17, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Junk Science: Our secretary of state can't stop talking about the climate change threat. Allow us to cite some recent headlines that should encourage him to rethink his position. When John Kerry and other alarmists talk about climate change, he means man-made global warming. Climate change is a meaningless description because the climate is always changing, always has, always will. The alarmists moved on from "global warming" to "climate change" because it was obvious that not only was the world not getting hotter, winter kept arriving with intense cold and mountains of snow. How could they sell the oppressive swelter...
  • Hall and Oates to be inducted into RRHOF

    12/17/2013 4:31:23 PM PST · by killer_rat · 120 replies
    philly.com ^ | 12/17/2013
    Philadelphia-area natives and Temple alums Hall & Oates will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, along with Nirvana, Kiss and Peter Gabriel.
  • WaPo Columnist: GOP Governors to Blame for Uninsured ‘Non-Whites’

    12/17/2013 4:27:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/17/2013 | Albert Merrick
    With a new poll showing President Obama’s disapproval ratings at an all time high, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent tries to pivot the aim of Obamacare critics towards Republican governors. As of now, over two dozen states are not opting in to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, thanks largely to hostility to the law among GOP governors who are turning down huge sums of federal money that could otherwise go towards expanding coverage to their own constituents. Result: untold numbers risk falling into a “Medicaid gap,” making too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid, yet too little to qualify for subsidies on the exchanges. We now have a new look...
  • MSNBC HOST’S RADICAL IDEA

    12/17/2013 4:19:00 PM PST · by mandaladon · 105 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 17 Dec 2013 | Jason Howerton
    MSNBC HOST’S RADICAL IDEA: ‘EVERY NON-INCARCERATED ADULT CITIZEN GETS A MONTHLY CHECK FROM THE GOVERNMENT’ On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” co-host Krystal Ball suggested that the United States implement a minimum guaranteed income for every “non-incarcerated adult citizen.” The enormous entitlement program would “eliminate poverty” completely, Ball claimed. Referencing protests occurring across the globe, the MSNBC host made her pitch for a “monthly minimum income” or a “mincome.” The free government money would not only solve poverty, but it would not create deincentives to work, she claimed. “The basic concept is simple,” she said. “Every non-incarcerated adult citizen...
  • ABC Falsely Reports Pope Removed “Outspoken Critic of Abortion” From Vatican Court

    12/17/2013 4:18:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 56 replies
    Life News ^ | Matthew Balan
    Tuesday’s Good Morning America simply didn’t have its facts straight in their rush to portray Pope Francis as a crypto-liberal. Amy Robach hyped that the pontiff “removed an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage from a powerful post within the Church. Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke…was head of the Vatican’s highest court.” Robach then asserted that “this move is seen as reinforcing the Pope’s vision for a more inclusive church.” However, Cardinal Burke is still the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – the equivalent of the Supreme Court for the Catholic Church. The Pope actually declined...
  • Tom Latham won't seek re-election

    12/17/2013 4:16:28 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    The Omaha World Herald. ^ | 17 Dec 2013 | The Associated Press
    DES MOINES — Aides to U.S. Rep. Tom Latham say the 10-term Iowa Republican will not seek re-election in 2014. The 65-year-old Republican from Clive will have spent 20 years in Congress and is Iowa's senior U.S. House member. His decision creates an open seat that includes the Des Moines area, Iowa's most populous region.
  • (D-NH) Shaheen Announces Bill to Restore Military Retirement Benefits (up for re-election in 2014)

    12/17/2013 4:08:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/17/2013 | Meredith Shiner
    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Tuesday that she will be introducing legislation to roll back provisions in the pending budget deal that would cut military retirement benefits by reducing cost-of-living adjustments. Shaheen, who is up for re-election in 2014, said that the plan would be paid for by closing “select corporate tax loopholes,” even though Republicans resisted doing so in the budget agreement that has yet to pass the Senate. “This bipartisan budget agreement will create economic certainty for small businesses, help promote job creation, and protect our country from another government shutdown but like I’ve said before, it’s not...
  • Why lawmakers love lobbyists and hate 'outside groups'

    12/17/2013 4:04:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/17/2013 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Politicians like to say they hate lobbyists. This is false. They love lobbyists and they love being lobbied. What politicians hate is being lobbied in public, in earshot of their constituents.Keeping disagreements and policy debates behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill and K Street animates Democrats' fight for campaign finance restrictions. But it also lies at the heart of the Republican leadership's war with Tea Party groups.Take Byron Dorgan, the former Democratic senator. In his 2006 book he complained of “legions of lobbyists” bringing “barrels of political donations.” Dorgan's wife, Kimberly, has since 1999 been a lobbyist for the...
  • New insurance law: Long hours, low commissions for agents

    12/17/2013 3:57:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    sfgate ^ | 12/15/13 | Laurie Udesky, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
    When a client called with questions about applying for insurance under the new health care law, Bay Area insurance agent Simon Chew tried to help. He used the phone line dedicated for agents to call Covered California, the state's new health insurance marketplace. After a long wait he received a partial answer to a question about calculating income. He eventually got that client's application filed, but in the meantime many more questions from other clients started pouring in, and they haven't stopped. That's not an unusual experience for Chew or many other insurance agents who are plunging in to help...
  • Does (Pope) Francis Have a Teaching Strategy?

    12/17/2013 3:55:51 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 17, 2013 | Hadley Arkes
    The story is told about the remarkable Francis Cardinal George when he returned to his native ground in Chicago. A reporter sought to draw him out by asking whether he would be a Cardinal in the style of the late (liberal) Cardinal Bernadin? As legend has it, the new archbishop niftily deflected the question by reminding the reporter that the Church has a certain “aversion to cloning.”Like everyone else, people in the media will have their own sense of the story they would like to hear – or the outcomes they would like to encourage. We would need a rare...
  • Junk-Food-Heavy Diets Impair Cognitive Function After One Week

    12/17/2013 3:54:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    In a study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, University of New South Wales researchers describe how lab rats rapidly began to show signs of serious memory decline after just six days on a sugar- and fat-laden diet of cakes, chips, and more. Specifically, the junk-food-eating rats had inflamed hippocampal regions, and they did poorly on spatial-memory tests long before they started gaining weight. "We were surprised at how fast it was," co-author Margaret Morris tells the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "Our preliminary data also suggests that the damage is not reversed when the rats are switched back to a healthy...
  • Brawl at Radisson near LAX involved over 1K people - police

    12/17/2013 3:51:38 PM PST · by raybbr · 77 replies
    kabc.com ^ | December 16, 2013 | Q McCray
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Police say a holiday charity event turned into a brawl involving more than 1,000 people at the Radisson Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. According to police, no one was seriously hurt or hospitalized, and no arrests were made. The incident broke out just before 1 a.m. at the hotel on West Century Boulevard. The hotel was the site of a Kappa Khristmas Jam & Toy Drive, a charity Christmas party and step show hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Police say the fight began as an isolated incident in a second-floor ballroom and...
  • Fort Calhoun Station Reenergizing

    12/17/2013 3:51:04 PM PST · by HereInTheHeartland · 7 replies
    Fort Calhoun Nuclear plant is restarting!! My daughter has a key role there.
  • Pastor Mark Musser: Relating Environmental Fascism to Baalism and the End Times

    12/17/2013 3:48:22 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 11 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/17/13 | Mark Musser
    Some Awesome insight into the environmental movement of our day which has its roots all the way back to Babel, and Israel's Baal worship.Mark brings it up to date and one can clearly see that Satan's design and template is still there It truly helps to connect the dots and to see the common plan and template of Satan through time. This is a must see! It is an hour long so think of it as watching a documentary video. http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2013/12/pastor-mark-musser-relating.html
  • WISHING YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON

    12/17/2013 3:39:47 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 51 replies
    Vaeh and Me | Dec 17, 2013 | Mesta
    IN DREAMS In dreams my hair is long againMy legs and arms are strong againI can hear the music 'round aboutAnd hear the children laugh and shoutI can play and make that Flyer goAnd make angels in new fallen snowOn the steps outside, stop on each rungCatch frosty snowflakes on my tongueSwing the baby 'round and 'roundUntil we both fall dizzy on the groundGiggling and shivering but never coldThe child in me never growing oldBut it's love, always love, that warms the soulStill strong though I'm no longer wholeWhen the sun so rudely awakens meAnd when my dream has...
  • I Read Sarah Palin's New Book About the War on Christmas. Here's What I Learned (Hurl Alert)

    12/17/2013 3:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Portland Mercury ^ | December 17, 2010 | Alex Falcone
    Since losing the 2008 presidential election and almost completing a full term as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has remained on the edge of the national consciousness. She's like America's racist aunt; not evil, just painfully ignorant and around the holidays she usually opens her mouth and says something embarrassing. Her newest book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas is like her others: a delightful read if you're able to disconnect the hate part of your brain and just focus on the imaginary world she creates. It's an amusing, Seussian world, featuring combinations of real and...
  • WASTEBOOK 2013

    12/17/2013 3:30:08 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    coburn.senate.gov ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Sen Tom Coburn
    Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending of 2013