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  • It’s January and we already have the 2014 Lie of the Year

    02/04/2014 2:27:52 PM PST · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-04-14 | DrJohn
    And once again it goes to President Barack Obama. Barack Obama was awarded Politifact's 2013 Lie of the Year for his promise "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," It's only January but it's difficult to imagine a bigger lie than the one Obama blurted out during his Superbowl Sunday interview with Bill O'Reilly I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable. Let's review that claim. The scandalsFast and Furious: Eric Holder allows 2,000 automatic weapons to flow untracked into the hands of Mexican cartels. US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry...
  • Stan Lee Named as One of Forbes' Most Influential Celebrities for 2014(Lee Beats out Rush)

    01/17/2014 9:16:09 AM PST · by SMGFan · 74 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 16, 2014
    Lee beats out Rush Limbaugh on the magazine's list of the 10 celebrities with influence, thanks to his role as co-creator of the Marvel Universe.
  • Michael Medved's Top Ten Movies of 2013.

    01/03/2014 11:06:24 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 37 replies
    MichaelMedved.com ^ | 12/20/13 | Michael Medved
    1. American Hustle 2. August: Osage County 3. 12 Years a Slave 4. Gravity 5. Rush 6. Nebraska 7. The Place Beyond the Pines 8. Captain Phillips 9. Monsters University 10. About Time Honorable mentions: 1. 42 2. Her 3. Blue Jasmine 4. Filling the Void 5. Black Nativity 6. The Kings of Summer 7. The Wolf of Wall Street
  • 2013: The Year of Shamelessness -- Culturally, America reached new depths of depravity this year

    01/02/2014 8:57:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2013 | Rich Lowry
    All things considered, it was a year without shame. It was the year that Miley Cyrus French-kissed a sledgehammer in the music video for her song “Wrecking Ball,” and cavorted naked on said wrecking ball. The former Disney star popularized the act of twerking in a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that was so luridly infantile, it wasn’t outrageous so much as pathetic. Yet it worked. It gained her at least another 15 minutes of fame and probably more, to have people pay attention to other insipid things she might do, usually half-clothed. Cyrus made us yearn for...
  • New Year's Eve: Global revelers ring in 2014 with booms and flashes

    01/01/2014 11:09:07 AM PST · by gooblah · 7 replies
    NBC news ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | By Erik Ortiz, Daniella Silva and Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News
    A massive, exuberant crowd of revelers from all over the world packed New York City streets to watch the crystal-covered ball in Times Square descend in a celebration of 2014’s arrival, capping off a global wave of festivities that also included a record-breaking fireworks display in Dubai and edibles falling from the sky in London.
  • And The Country Posing The Greatest Threat to Peace as 2013 Ends is …

    01/01/2014 11:56:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 31, 2013 - 1:03 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The past year witnessed bloodshed in Syria and Iraq, turmoil in Egypt, anarchy in Central Africa, threats by a nuclear-armed North Korea and Chinese military posturing, but as 2013 ends a global poll finds that the country seen as representing the greatest threat to peace today is … the United States. Not only did the U.S. top the list with an aggregate of 24 percent, but the runner-up threat country, Pakistan, was way behind at eight percent. China was third at six percent, followed by North Korea, Iran and Israel at five percent each. The survey of opinions across 65...
  • 10 Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice -- Out of several dozen.

    01/01/2014 4:18:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-31-13 | Tom Blumer
    As the year ends, I see that others have already conscientiously compiled lists of the most underreported and misreported stories of the year, with some even breaking matters down between foreign and domestic. With that task addressed, I thought it would be worthwhile to compile a far from comprehensive list of ten of the more noteworthy techniques which those who pretend to be loyal to the tenets of journalism employed during 2013 to deceive, misinform, misdirect and smear. 1. Pretend that “no one” is saying something, when they really are. Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January that “no one...
  • Good news from Chicago: Only 413 murdered Americans this year

    01/01/2014 4:33:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-31-13 | Neil Munro
    Good news from Chicago: The catastrophic murder rate in the Democratic-controlled city was slightly less catastrophic in 2013 than in 2012. Only 413 Americans were shot, stabbed or bludgeoned to death in the city, where all 50 aldermen are Democrats. Most of the victims in the blue-voting city were African-Americans or Hispanic, and very few were white. Still, the city’s Democratic leaders cautiously cheered the deaths of the 413 Americans, more than one victim per day, which included one young woman who marched in President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration parade. “We continue to make significant progress in reducing crime rates...
  • Myths to Ditch in 2014

    01/01/2014 5:44:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement. But polarization is a bit different. It speaks not just to a lack of basic agreement about what kind of society we should live in, but a breakdown in understanding and respect among Americans. There's a lot of them-vs.-us talk these days on the left and...
  • Gallup: Only 5% of Religious Americans Are Non-Christians

    01/01/2014 7:16:44 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 30, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A recent Gallup poll refutes the claim made by Barack Obama on March 9, 2008 that “we are no longer a Christian nation.” Gallup found that three quarters of all Americans - a supermajority - identify themselves as Christians, with only five percent saying they are practicing members of a non-Christian faith. “We find, looking at our data, that America does in fact remain a predominantly Christian nation,” Dr. Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor in chief, said of the poll released on Christmas Eve. “Now, our overall estimation of what percent of Americans identify with the Christian religion depends a little...
  • A year in waste: Top examples of government fiscal follies (Golden Hammer ‘winners’)

    01/01/2014 5:39:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/31/13 | Phillip Swarts
    **SNIP** 3. Medicare and Medicaid Health care was been a huge issue in 2013, and Congress continues to grapple with how to fix the ailing benefits program. One thing that doesn’t help is the millions of dollars in waste uncovered in the programs. A December investigation found that Medicare payed $24 million for full vials of medicine, even when health care providers were only using part of the vial. It’s the kind of thing that happens often with the program, said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “This is endemic. This...
  • 40,000 new laws take effect in 2014

    12/31/2013 8:55:41 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 27 replies
    The Lead with Jake Tapper (CNN blog) ^ | December 31st, 2013 | Jake Tapper
    (CNN) - It may have been the least productive year for Congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws – fewer than 60 of which made it through the House and Senate and were signed by President Barack Obama. Across the country, however, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits. In Illinois for example, teenagers will no longer get to use tanning beds without a doctor's note. If you live in Delaware, visit the shark fin buffet while you can, a new law will make...
  • Sorry, John 3:16: The Top 10 Bible Verses YouVersion Shared Most in 2013

    12/31/2013 10:19:52 PM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 12/30/2013 | Jeremy Weber
    Sorry, John 3:16: The Top 10 Bible Verses YouVersion Shared Most in 2013 Leading Bible app analyzes how its millions of users used the Bible this year. Jeremy Weber [ posted 12/30/2013 02:38PM ] Courtesy of YouVersion YouVersion has released its year-end analysis of how its millions of users engaged the Bible this past year. Users shared 68 million Bible verses in 2013 via the uber-popular Bible app, installed 49 million times this year (and nearly 123 million times worldwide). The Bible verse that was "bookmarked, highlighted, and shared ... more than any other verse" in 2013? Philippians 4:13: "I...
  • Top Ten: Aside from Obama, who had the worst 2013? (Detroit?)

    12/31/2013 9:26:01 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 6 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 12/30/13 | David Freddoso
    A lot of writers have acknowledged that 2013 was President Obama’s worst year yet in office. And it’s surely true. But he’s not the only one who had a tough year — and he’s less likely than anyone else to suffer immediate consequences, given that he has now won his last election ever. But 2013 was a long and difficult year for many of America’s most powerful and prominent institutions and people in public life. Here are ten net losers for the year, in no particular order.
  • 32 Officers Killed by Gunfire in 2013, Lowest Number Since 1887

    12/31/2013 8:54:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There is some coverage of this number, which varies quite a bit from year to year.   The number being shown is 33, but that appears to include one accident.  The trend is down, though not as much as the homicide rate in general.   It is clear that the number of citizen owned guns is not linked to the number of police killed with guns.  While the number of guns in the hands of the public has soared, and the number of people legally carrying firearms has skyrocketed, crime is down, homicides are down, and then number of police murdered...
  • Top 10 Conservatives of 2013

    12/31/2013 5:49:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Honorable Mentions: Justin Amash, Glenn Beck, Jim DeMint, Trey Gowdy, Bobby Jindal, Heritage Action, Louie Gohmert, Darrell Issa, Hobby Lobby, Sarah Palin, Jeff Sessions, Steve Stockman, Scott Walker. 10) Mike Lee: Lee is Robin to Ted Cruz's Batman and whenever there are conservatives fighting the Democrats or the Republican Establishment, he's right in the mix. Replacing Bob Bennett with Mike Lee turned out to be the biggest upgrade since Ronald Reagan took over for Jimmy Carter. 9) Mark Levin: Granted, Levin's push for an Article Five convention is a longshot, but it's a serious idea in an environment where the...
  • Report: 70 Journalists Killed on the Job in 2013

    12/30/2013 11:27:48 AM PST · by lbryce · 35 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | December 30, 2013 | Staff
    At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an Al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of those reporters were killed...
  • MSNBC Crank Joy Reid: Knockout Game Most Overrated Story of Year (It’s Just Whitey)

    12/30/2013 10:18:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 30, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    In April 2011 an elderly St. Louis man was attacked by a mob of black youths playing “the knock out game” while walking home from the grocery store with his wife. They killed him. In June 2011 a group of black youths beat a gay man bloody playing “the knock out game.” In August 2011 black teen mobs targeted St. Louis cyclists in the knock out game. In September 2011, a 73-year-old St. Louis man was knocked unconscious just outside of Tower Grove Park. One local teen claims to have knocked out over 300 people in the “game.” There have...
  • Poll: Americans rank Obama, Hillary Clinton most admired

    12/30/2013 11:58:50 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 43 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 12/30/13 | Rueters
    Poll: Americans rank Obama, Hillary Clinton most admired Reuters 8:41 a.m. CST, December 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world's most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Obama topped the annual list for the sixth consecutive year, a typical ranking for a sitting U.S. president, the polling organization said. But the percentage of those surveyed who choose him as the most admired man fell to 16 percent this year, down from 30 percent in 2012. The president's job approval...
  • 2013: Fewest Police Deaths by Firearms Since 1887

    12/30/2013 5:26:01 PM PST · by Ken H · 30 replies
    KEYE TV ^ | December 30, 2013 | n/a
    The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the 19th century, according to a report released Monday. The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959. According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012. Forty-six officers were killed in traffic related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms. The...
  • Putin Named International Person of Year by Times

    12/30/2013 5:34:43 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 129 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | December 30, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, December 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been named International Person of the Year by Britain's The Times newspaper for succeeding in his ambition of bringing Moscow back to the international top table. The paper said Putin, 61, a judo black belt, has hip-flipped US President Barack Obama on the Syrian crisis, wrestled the EU to the ground on Ukraine, tripped up the opposition at home and rescued weaker team players such as President Assad of Syria and Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, who was given asylum in Russia. Also this year, Putin, who served two...
  • DC Chapter's Year 2013 In Review (Picture Heavy)

    12/24/2013 11:11:07 AM PST · by trooprally · 37 replies
    Yes FR, there is an ACTIVE DC Chapter Not all of the DC Chapter FReeps had AARs wrote, so it was decided to write a Year In Review AAR for all of our activities. Enjoy the new AARs threads and remember the ones you already read. April 01: Dr Raoul’s Funeral: There were 18 FReepers in Philadelphia this day. They came from Ohio (StayTrue), Florida (Kristinn, TGSLtakoma and Taxman), the eastern shore of Maryland (Credo2) and places in between. We finally met Raoul’s family and his family finally met Raoul’s FR family. All were pleased to talk with each other...
  • The 2013 Darwin Awards Are Out!

    12/23/2013 3:56:39 PM PST · by virgil283 · 46 replies
    " 4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn’t discovered for 3 days........
  • 2013's Best and Most Beautiful Photos of the Universe

    12/23/2013 11:57:19 AM PST · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Bad Astronomy Via Slate ^ | December 23, 2013 | Phil Platt
    I love astronomy. I have my whole life. Part of that is the wonder and awe it generates, learning about the Universe and our place in it. But of course, there is great beauty in the skies as well. From our nearest neighbors to the most distant galaxies, the cosmos is a wonder to behold. Every year I collect my favorite pictures—chosen both for their beauty and their importance to science—and put them together in a gallery to delight your brain (you’ll find links to previous galleries at the end of this article). Picking only a few is always a...
  • The 23 Most Unforgivable Spelling Mistakes Of 2013

    12/20/2013 5:57:30 PM PST · by virgil283 · 108 replies
    buzzfeed. ^ | December 20, 2013 | Matt & Dave Stopera
    No a fence, but I'm watching Ellen the generious while I'm eating raw men noodles as Mom decorates the tree with ordiments. ....Might as whale for all intensive purposes be the Valid Victorian at high school who's looking in a mear.... You know I'm lack toast and tolerant so for lunch I had a Flaminyon with ketchup and chicken court on blue. ....You know I don't sugar code or beat around the brush. ...My dad gave me the car but his feyonce took it. ...I have movies that I can live bicuriously live thru.. Might have got die of beaties...
  • Holiday sales disappointing

    12/19/2013 11:52:10 AM PST · by John W · 42 replies
    AP via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | December 19, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>NEW YORK – Sparse crowds at malls and “50 percent off” signs at The Gap, Ann Taylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.</p> <p>This is shaping up to be the most discount-driven holiday season since the country was in a deep recession. It’s also one of the most disappointing for stores.</p>
  • Ted Cruz: Man of the Year (and it was only his first year!!)

    12/19/2013 5:44:49 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 12/19/13 | Jeffrey Lord
    ed Cruz stood on the floor of the Senate and answered his critics: “….do you expect me to remain here silent, or to shrink from the discharge of my duty?… I will speak in spite of all the intimidations, or threats, or discountenances that may be thrown upon me.” Actually, Ted Cruz did not say that. But the fact that it is so easily believable that he did say it says exactly why Ted Cruz, Time magazine’s selection of the Pope notwithstanding, is the real “Man of the Year.” In fact, while Cruz did make Time’s shortlist, he also popped...
  • Pope Francis Named “Person of the Year” by World’s Biggest Gay Magazine

    12/19/2013 7:22:28 AM PST · by juliosevero · 21 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Pope Francis Named “Person of the Year” by World’s Biggest Gay Magazine By Julio Severo Praises keep knocking at the door of Pope Francis, who was named “Person of the Year” by The Advocate, the world’s biggest homosexual magazine. It is the second tribute that the pope has received in a week. On December 11, he was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” In its headline, The Advocate highlighted Francis’ statement, made during a June interview: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” “Pope Francis’ stark change in rhetoric...
  • Home sales drop to lowest level in almost a year

    12/19/2013 7:52:36 AM PST · by John W · 27 replies
    Reuters via nbcnews.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | Reuters
    U.S. home resales fell sharply in November to their lowest level in nearly a year, hurt by a rise in interest rates since the spring and ongoing price increases that have shut some home buyers out of the market. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said on Thursday that sales of previously owned homes dropped 4.3 percent last month, the third monthly fall in a row, to an annual rate of 4.90 million units. That was the lowest annual rate since December 2012, and well below the median forecast in a Reuters poll of a 5.03 million unit pace. "It...
  • Media’s Top 10 Most Embarrassing Predictions of 2013

    12/18/2013 5:40:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    MRC.org ^ | Dec. 16, 2013 | Sean Long
    Getting it wrong, news outlets’ erroneous forecasts: Healthcare.gov like online shopping, abundant Atlantic hurricanes, $24 billion government shutdown and more. Print, broadcast or web, the media sure aren’t Nostradamus. In spite of their best attempts, the news media have gotten it wrong prediction after prediction on a wide range of business and economic issues in 2013. Just in the past year, reporters warned of “economic doomsday,” thought Healthcare.gov was going to be “easy” just like Amazon.com, and warned of melting polar ice, even as a new record was set for ice mass. In many cases, the failed predictions were an...
  • Gay Rights Mag Names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year' Despite Same-Sex Marriage Stance

    12/17/2013 6:17:43 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Dec 13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A leading lifestyle magazine that promotes gay rights and same-sex marriage has named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year.” The December issue of The Advocate features Pope Francis with a “NO H8” message photoshopped on his right cheek. Next to his photo is a quote from the pope’s interview with reporters in July, while en route from Brazil to Rome. “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” the pontiff told reporters. Pope Francis, who opposes same-sex marriage and vehemently fought its passage while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires,...
  • Pope Francis, The Choice (Time person of the year!)

    12/11/2013 6:31:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 201 replies
    Time ^ | Nancy Gibbs
    Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the lesson. How do you practice humility from the most exalted throne on earth? Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of...
  • Person of the Year - Catholic Vote weighs in on the media frenzy

    12/11/2013 2:02:42 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Vote email ^ | December 11, 2013 | Brian Burch
    Another week, another media frenzy over our pope. This morning Time announced they have selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year. Good news? A non-story? What to make of this all? George Weigel has said that the late Blessed John Paul II regularly inquired of his visitors the details of what was happening in their corner of the world. According to Weigel, the pope wasn’t as much interested in the political stories that dominated the headlines. He was more fascinated by what the Holy Spirit was doing through these events. Which brings us to the widespread popularity of...
  • Who is the 2013 Conservative of the Year?

    12/07/2013 8:13:56 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 87 replies
    Your Political News Group ^ | 12-7-13 | none stated
    Who is the 2013 Conservative of the Year? John Boehner 0.34% (7 votes) Chris Christie 1.11% (23 votes) Bobby Jindal 0.43% (9 votes) Scott Walker 3.04% (63 votes) Rick Snyder 0.1% (2 votes) Sarah Palin 42.37% (877 votes) Rand Paul 7.25% (150 votes) Rick Perry 0.72% (15 votes) Ted Cruz 42.66% (883 votes) Mike Lee 1.98% (41 votes) Total Votes: 2,070
  • Forbes Releases 2013 Ranking Of The World's Most Powerful People

    10/30/2013 7:56:03 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Forbes
    RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TOPS FORBES’ 2013 RANKING OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE