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  • Workers at auto dealership come face to face with Obamacare trade-offs

    12/30/2013 10:17:09 AM PST · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 54 replies
    NBC News | 12/29/13 | Lisa Meyers
    http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/29/21893911-workers-at-auto-dealership-come-face-to-face-with-obamacare-trade-offs
  • EU penpushers take THREE TIMES the sick days of British workers: Figures show…

    12/30/2013 10:14:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 06:02 EST, 30 December 2013 | Larisa Brown
    EU officials are off sick three times more than the average British worker, it was revealed last night. According to official figures, European Commission officials took an average of 14.6 days off sick last year—triple the amount taken by British workers in the private sector. One in seven staff were absent from more than 20 days. In contrast, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry found British staff working in the private sector took around five sick days a year. The figures also showed European officials even outstripped Britain’s civil servants and public sector staff—who took half as many...
  • Syria Has Yet to Move Arms as Deadline Draws Near

    12/30/2013 10:09:26 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2013 | By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
    GENEVA — Two days before a deadline for getting its most deadly chemical weapons out of the country, and despite an international effort to mobilize the resources needed to do so, Syria has apparently not even begun to move them, observers familiar with the mission said Sunday. Their assessment came as the United Nations and the international chemical weapons monitoring group overseeing the program acknowledged that Tuesday’s deadline would most likely be missed. “At this stage, transportation of the most critical chemical material before 31 December is unlikely,” the United Nations and the chemical weapons group said in a joint...
  • Iranian multi-billionaire Zanjani arrested

    "Sanction profiteering" Iranian multi-billionaire Babak Zanjani has been arrested, Fars News Agency quoted Iran Judiciary spokesman Mohsen Ejei as saying on Dec.30. Before, the Central Bank of Iran announced on Dec. 28 that Zanjani has not paid any sold oil's money to the Central Bank of Iran. Zanjani who is the owner or shareholder of at least 70 companies and banks including Bank Arzesh in Tajikistan and First Islamic Bank had been involved in Iran's oil sell and transferring the sold oil's money to the country to bypass the imposed western sanctions on the country. Zanjani's name also was mentioned...
  • McCain: Don't count Obama out (because he is a man of talent)

    12/30/2013 9:32:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 30, 2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says people shouldn't underestimate President Obama as he heads into his sixth year in the White House. He discounted Obama's low approval ratings and said a sitting president always has influence. "We all wear thin with the American people after a while," McCain told the Associated Press. "To count a man of that talent out at this point in time in his administration would be a huge mistake," he added.
  • 2013 is the year that proved your ‘paranoid’ friend right

    12/30/2013 9:29:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 28 at 10:00 am | Andrea Peterson
    Most people involved in the tech scene have at least one friend who has been warning everyone they know about protecting their digital trail for years — and have watched that friend get accused of being being a tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist. But 2013 is the year that proved your "paranoid" friend right. ... And while the NSA story alone undoubtedly gives the "paranoid" plenty of reasons to say "I told you so," a slew of other reports from this year gave them even more reasons to retreat into the wilderness and start subsistence farming.
  • Nazi-style quenelle salute performed at Toulouse Jewish school

    12/30/2013 9:26:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | 12/30/13 | staff
    Amid a public debate in France over the allegedly anti-Semitic “quenelle” gesture, French media have reproduced a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered last year. The photo, which was published Monday on the website of the France 3 broadcaster, shows a man wearing a shirt featuring a portrait of Yasser Arafat in front of the Ohr Torah school. The man is holding his left palm outstretched over his right shoulder – in the gesture, known as quenelle, which was invented by the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’balla M’balla. Jewish groups say that...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Mocks Black Romney Grandchild As Token

    12/30/2013 9:23:50 AM PST · by absentee · 55 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/30/2013 | Caleb Howe
    The panelists start laughing the moment the photo is on the screen, because obviously. Then the first response is Pia Glenn off-camera sing-songing “one of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same” and the rest of the panel chuckles along. It’s funny because Romney is white and his grandson isn’t, which is obviously hilarious. Because as everyone knows, the races should not mix. But it’s even better than just hilarious, it also makes you think! ...
  • Dem. Rep.: Obamacare Enrollment Low Because People Think Law Is Repealed

    12/30/2013 9:21:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | December 30, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    The lower-than-hoped-for enrollment numbers on the federal exchanges are due to Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.) argued on Monday. Norton blamed a “negative propaganda campaign” by Republicans that confused Americans into thinking that the law was no longer in effect. [Snip] Norton remained confident that the enrollment numbers will improve as people learn more about the law as well as the nearing deadlines and fines. “When that fine is going to kick in, you’re going to see people trotting to sign on like you’ve never seen it before,” she said.
  • Bitcoin Volatile Elephant in the Room Takes on Gold, Pros vs Cons

    12/30/2013 9:16:44 AM PST · by Errant · 17 replies
    Market Oracle, Uk ^ | 30 December, 2013 | John Browne
    Ever since President Nixon broke the US dollar's last link to gold, the world has been set adrift on a sea of fiat currencies that have been increasingly debased, serving the interests of governments and financial elites. For the last five years, central banks have imposed near-zero rates of interest that have helped push up stock, bond, and real estate prices, but have made it nearly impossible for savers to receive meaningful returns on bank deposits. To make matters worse, the apparatus of national security has turned financial transactions into a massive exercise in government surveillance. Under the camouflage of...
  • Iran and world powers resume expert level nuclear talks (6th round since mid-October)

    12/30/2013 9:10:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:09am EST
    DUBAI - Iran resumed technical talks with world powers in Geneva on Monday, a vital step in implementing a nuclear deal signed last month which suspends key elements of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The talks between expert teams from Iran and six world powers are meant to translate the political deal into a detailed implementation plan by the end of January, Iran's state news agency, IRNA, quoted an unnamed source as saying. A key sticking point appears to be how much advance information Western governments will get so they can verify that Iran is meeting...
  • Backgrounder: A History of Recent Jihad in Russia

    12/30/2013 9:08:01 AM PST · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 30 December 2013 | Unattributed
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has carefully cultivated a tough-guy image, but the reality, at least in terms of his response to Jihad has been something different. Many in the US assume that Putin will act forcefully to punish those who were behind the two Islamikaze bombings in Volgograd this week, but history tells us that he won’t. Many in the West assume simple-mindedly that the Jihadist assault on Russia is tied to separatist “rebels” in Chechnya. But Jihad goes way beyond localized disputes and the Jihadists don’t just have their sights set on Chechnya; they see the site of the...
  • 'Phil Robertson made me feel unsafe in my own home':

    12/30/2013 9:00:19 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 133 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2013 | ALEX GREIG and ASHLEY COLLMAN
    A closeted gay student living in West Monroe, Louisiana has written a powerful essay, criticizing the town's most famous residents - Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. In an essay posted on Times-Picuyne columnist Robert Mann's blog, the communications student writes that Robertson probably didn't mean to hurt anyone with his statements, he nonetheless created a hostile environment. 'He encouraged - hopefully unintentionally - a two-week-long "fag bashing" in Monroe and around the world. He made me feel unsafe in my own home. I can't count how many times I heard "faggot" over the Christmas visit home.'
  • The Solar Swindle

    12/30/2013 9:00:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2013 | Norman Rogers
    Solar electricity is growing, promoted, and most importantly, heavily subsidized. The promoters of solar electricity claim that it is close to being competitive with conventional sources of electricity. That is a fantasy. Solar electricity is expensive and impractical. If it weren't for government subsidies, some explicit and some disguised, the solar industry would collapse. The many claims of competitiveness are always based on ignoring subsidies provided to politically correct renewable power, ignoring the costs associated with unreliability, and ignoring the cost of backup fossil fuel plants. An example of a hidden subsidy is the California Renewable Portfolio Standard that mandates...
  • I'm asking you, and here's why: [email from nobama]

    12/30/2013 8:58:28 AM PST · by upchuck · 12 replies
    email | Dec 30, 2013 | Barack Obama (supposedly)
    Friend -- On January 1st, our nation turns a corner on health care -- and we're never going back. From here on, no American should have to go broke just because they get sick. You can't be dropped from your plan when you need it most. Pre-existing conditions will never prevent someone from getting coverage, and women can't be charged more than men for their plans. And for millions of Americans, affordable, quality coverage is finally within reach. I am so proud of that. And I have people like you to thank, truly. Fundamental change like this doesn't happen just...
  • Gay mafia: You think you can just leave us, Mr. Glatze?

    12/30/2013 8:44:43 AM PST · by fwdude · 34 replies
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Charlie Butts
    Homosexual activists are ripping a former homosexual who deserted their ranks and married a woman. Michael Glatze was an activist promoting special rights for homosexuals for an organization called Young Gay America. He saw the truth about the lifestyle through Christ and got out of it, leaving a note on his computer screen at work that read, "Homosexuality is death and I choose life." Glatze recently married a woman and that lit a fire among activists.
  • GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

    12/30/2013 8:44:43 AM PST · by Theoria · 59 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | S.V. Date
    A year after losing the popular vote for the fifth time in the last six presidential elections, the Republican Party has crafted a series of rules tweaks designed to regain control of — and dramatically shorten — its presidential nominating process. The subcommittee charged with looking for fixes has approved five proposed changes for review by the Republican National Committee's rules committee at its January meeting. The full RNC would then need to pass the changes by a three-quarters supermajority. "I think this strikes a good balance," said John Ryder, the RNC's general counsel. February 2016 would be set aside...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/30/2013 8:44:12 AM PST · by Faith · 8 replies
    December 30, 2013 | Faith
    But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
  • HIT & RUN: Dem Lawmaker Plows Over Hotel Ducks

    12/30/2013 8:42:00 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 30, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Where’s PETA? Police are investigating Democratic State Rep. David Campbell after he plowed over a number of ducks on the road at the Crowne Royal Hotel in Nashua. The Union Leader reported: Police are investigating the death of a number of ducks allegedly hit by a vehicle operated by one of the city’s state representatives. State Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, reportedly ran over the ducks at a speed of about 15 mph in the driveway of the Crowne Royal Hotel in Nashua. The incident is said to have occurred on Monday, Dec. 23, The Telegraph of Nashua reported Sunday. Campbell...
  • Lawsuit demands city eliminate stink on rocks at La Jolla Cove (California)

    12/30/2013 8:39:39 AM PST · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/28/2013 | Tony Perry
    SAN DIEGO -- A lawsuit has been filed demanding the city eradicate the "foul, noxious and sickening odors" left by birds and sea lions defecating on the rocks next to La Jolla Cove. The stink offends the patrons of some of La Jolla's best known restaurants overlooking the cove and visitors to the famed La Valencia Hotel, according to the lawsuit filed by a group calling itself Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement. [snip] While the stinky guano is the product of the cormorants and the sea lions, the real culprits are officials at City Hall who approved a fence keeping...
  • Obama Loves Game of Thrones, Every Other Critically Acclaimed

    12/30/2013 8:30:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Margaret Hartmann
    When he isn't running the country, President Obama finds time to watch every show friends say he really has to watch. He's working his way through the DVD box set of Breaking Bad, and has said he's a fan of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, The Wire, Mad Men, and Homeland. Obama is also into Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, but the New York Times notes that in general he seems to prefer "the kind of heavy, darkly rendered television that echoes the sadness and strife that make up so much of his workday."...
  • $0.60 FOR CAKE: AL-QAIDA RECORDS EVERY EXPENSE

    12/30/2013 8:25:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 30, 2013 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    The convoy of cars bearing the black al-Qaida flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed. Mohamed Djitteye rushed to lock his till and cowered behind the counter. He was dumbfounded when instead, the al-Qaida commander gently opened the grocery's glass door and asked for a pot of mustard. Then he asked for a receipt. Confused and scared, Djitteye didn't understand. So the jihadist repeated his request. Could he please have a receipt for the $1.60 purchase?
  • Pipe Bomb Explodes On Israeli Bus- Hamas Cheers “Heroic Action”

    12/30/2013 8:19:26 AM PST · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | December 30, 2013 | IIan Lior, Dan Evan, Danna Harman
    Gag order placed on investigation into attack; massive traffic jams around Tel Aviv due to police checkpoints; explosion occurred just after noon, at corner of Shaul Hamelekh and Henrietta Szold streets; one casualty seriously wounded, one lightly-to moderately, and the rest sustain light injuries. A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv at a little after noon Wednesday, wounding at least 28 people. As of Wednesday night six people were admitted to hospital overnight. Of these, three had surgery for moderate injuries that were described as not life-threatening, and three had mild injuries only. The remaining 26 people...
  • GOP can count ways to Senate majority

    12/30/2013 8:06:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 12/30/13 | Donna Cassata
    Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party. Crowded primaries in states such as Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina, where tea partyers and social conservatives are fighting for the nomination and pushing candidates farther right, worry many Republicans, especially after they saw their legitimate shots at a Senate majority slip away in 2010 and 2012. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to capture control from Democrats, who effectively hold a 55-45 advantage now. But Democrats will...
  • Obama’s placating Iran means even more trouble for Israel and America

    12/30/2013 8:01:57 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Conservative Firing Line ^ | December 30, 2013 | Diane Sori
    Serious stuff here folks as Benjamin Netanyahu warned Obama, warned the P5+1, and warned John ‘Swiftboat’ Kerry before any of them agreed to that ridiculous deal last month in Geneva… warned them that Iran cannot ever be trusted…but did they listen…in a word…NO. And now Iran’s hard-line lawmakers…lawmakers who oppose the deal reached in Geneva and who are being fueled on by their war-mongering mullahs in response to a planned but NOT yet passed or implemented legislation by US Senators to actually add additional sanctions…have drafted a bill to increase the country’s level of uranium enrichment to 60%…a level that...
  • 2013 wasn’t as bad as you might think (“Has this been the worst year of your presidency?”)

    12/30/2013 7:49:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    wash post ^ | 12/30/13 | ej dionne
    It was a heck of a way for President Obama to wrap up 2013. In asking the question at the president’s year-end news conference, Julie Pace of the Associated Press captured several things at once: the reality of a genuinely disappointing year for Obama, a mood of skepticism in the media about him, the inevitability of Beltway scorekeeping and the personalization of nearly everything in politics. Obama, for good reason, avoided a direct answer. But I’d suggest that 2013 was not his worst year. That distinction should be reserved for 2011, when the president emerged from the summer looking weak...
  • Brits Duped by Anti-Israel Show at St. James’ Church

    12/30/2013 7:48:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 12/30/2013, 8:06 AM | Gil Ronen
    Palestinian Authority Muslims, who have been fully in charge of life in Bethlehem since the 1993 Oslo Accords were implemented, have successfully hounded most of the city’s Christians into leaving the city—but a London exhibition shows that their overseas propaganda in the West still manages to blame Israel for the Christians’ alleged suffering from Jewish “occupation.” The “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival opened Dec. 23 at St. James’ Church, London, and its centerpiece is a reproduction of a section of the security wall Israel built several years ago, as protection from a horrific onslaught of Muslim suicide bombers who targeted Israeli civilians....
  • Psychiatrist who treated Adam Lanza surrendered license and is now living in New Zealand.

    12/30/2013 7:44:56 AM PST · by fso301 · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/30/2013 | Staff Writers
    The recently concluded investigation into Newtown killer Adam Lanza revealed that a psychiatrist who treated him as a teen has since surrendered his license. Dr. Paul Fox once held licenses to practice in Connecticut and New York but in 2012 he gave them both up in the face of charges he may have crossed a line in his relationship with a patient. Investigators reached Fox in New Zealand, where he now lives, in a telephone interview told detectives all he remembered about the cold-blooded killer.According to the Danbury News Times, Fox was cited for 'negligence on more than one occasion'...
  • UPDATE: Lawmaker issues apology about driving over ducks

    12/30/2013 7:35:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Union Leader ^ | 12-30-13 | Staff
    NASHUA ­— Police are investigating the death of a number of ducks allegedly hit by a vehicle operated by one of the city's state representatives. State Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, reportedly ran over the ducks at a speed of about 15 mph in the driveway of the Crowne Royal Hotel in Nashua. The incident is said to have occurred on Monday, Dec. 23, The Telegraph of Nashua reported Sunday. Campbell issued an apology Sunday evening, received by the New Hampshire Union Leader Monday morning, explaining the incident. A hotel guest told police that on arriving at the hotel by shuttle...
  • Bay Area protests of tech-worker buses highlights pay, rent inequities

    12/30/2013 7:29:08 AM PST · by Go_Raiders · 40 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 29, 2013 | Dan Nakaso
    While small in scale, scattered protests targeting buses filled with tech workers have highlighted a larger issue: the growing gap between those benefiting from the Bay Area's tech boom and those who have been left behind. The protesters insist their anger is not aimed at the tech workers themselves, but rather at the inequities highlighted by the tech industry, which generates enormous wealth that provides big paychecks and attractive perks -- including free transportation and free gourmet food -- to workers whose ability to pay has helped push up rents. Many of those outside the tech industry, meanwhile, have seen...
  • Laptop containing Social Security numbers of South Carolina Health Insurance Pool members stolen

    12/30/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | December 29, 2013
    Complete Headline: Laptop containing Social Security numbers of South Carolina Health Insurance Pool members stolen in October Officials with the South Carolina Health Insurance Pool are investigating the theft of a laptop that contained Social Security numbers and names of people participating in the program, which provides insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.
  • 97-Year-Old Tells Story About Escaping Carjacking

    12/30/2013 7:11:19 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    KVRR FOX News ^ | 12-29-13 | Krista Boehm
    At 97 years old, Johnie Beckerleg has a variety of stories to tell, but after a trip to Wal–Mart he added one to the books he never thought he would about a man who tried stealing the car he was still sitting in. It's an unimaginable story but for Johnie Beckerleg of Dilworth it became reality. "It never dawned on me that anything like that could happen," Beckerleg said. While doing some Christmas shopping last Sunday at Walmart in Dilworth, Beckerleg stayed in his son's pickup in the parking lot when a man suddenly swung open the door and jumped...
  • Vigil held for slain teen

    12/30/2013 7:08:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Southtown Chicago ^ | Dec 29, 2013 | Mike Nolan
    Vigil held for slain teen By Mike Nolan mnolan@southtownstar.com December 28, 2013 11:22PM Updated: December 29, 2013 2:17AM Family and friends of a slain pregnant teenager, whose baby doctors were able to save, held a candlelight vigil Saturday in her memory. The aunt of 17-year-old Eva Casara said at the vigil in Dolton — held where the teen was found on Christmas Day, shot in the head and left between two apartment buildings — that her niece’s baby, Laylani, is “doing much better.” “She’s a true fighter,” Jennifer Ross said of the baby, who weighed just over a pound when...
  • National ID headed for your wallet, purse Homeland Security to require digital features in driver's

    12/30/2013 7:08:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 89 replies
    wnd ^ | 12/29/13 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Just as you were wrapping your mind around the idea that under Obamacare and the accompanying changes in the health-care system, your medical records will be floating around in some online repository, available to far too many people, you’re being told you’ll soon have a National Identity Card and a Western Hemisphere-compliant travel document whether you want it or not, if you plan to drive in the United States. The federal government says it soon will be enforcing its demands that state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards comply with Department of Homeland Security standards. DHS announced just before Christmas a...
  • (vanity) Counting down to new KEIB 1150 Los Angeles

    12/30/2013 7:06:42 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 50 replies
    1150 Patriot ^ | 12/30/13 | raccoonradio
    The website for progressive talk KTLK AM 1150 in Los Angeles now redirects to a countdown clock, for in a couple days they will become 1150 The Patriot with conservative talk. The new call letters will be KEIB, as in Excellence in Broadcasting. They'll have Glenn Beck (6a), Rush Limbaugh (9a), Sean Hannity (noon) etc. Clear Channel is making KFI 640 in a local-talk type of operation. Progressive talk is now in tatters as they will lost stations in NY, LA, and San Fran. The NY station is WWRL AM 1600, which will switch to Spanish language programming. Also WOR...
  • Report: Quarter Of GPS Devices Used To Track LA County Felons Don’t Work

    12/30/2013 6:59:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 29, 2013 7:09 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An investigative report in the LA Times Sunday revealed that a quarter of all GPS devices used to track convicted criminals in LA County do not work. The Times obtained a county probation department report which blames lousy batteries and false alarms on the ankle bracelets for the reasons many do not operate properly, The radio tracking devices were employed to relieve crowding in prisons and jails by allowing felons to serve their sentences at home. Among those possibly going unmonitored, The Times reported, were high-risk sex offenders, domestic abusers and violent gang members. Similar findings...
  • NBC Top Doc Snyderman A Single-Payer Fan, Made Kids Sign Up For Obamacare As 'Patriotic Duty'

    12/30/2013 6:57:15 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let no one say that NBC/MSNBC are reluctant to criticize ObamaCare. A leading NBC light boldly did so today . . . from the left, of course. Appearing on Morning Joe, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's chief medical editor, declared that there should be "a single-payer system" of health care. That is the left's preferred solution, but brings with it a host of problems, as the Heritage Foundation has detailed. For good measure, Snyderman said that she "made" her young-adult children sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty." View the video here.
  • State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted

    12/30/2013 6:55:26 AM PST · by maddog55 · 43 replies
    NY POST ^ | December 30, 2013 | 3:11am | SA Miller
    WASHINGTON — The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned. The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed. “They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”
  • EDITORIAL: Another sore loser (Republicans look to blow a chance to take Virginia’s Senate)

    12/30/2013 6:47:43 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 30 December 2013 | OpEd
    <p>Some Virginia Republicans have perfected the art and science of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. With control of the state Senate up for the taking in a special election on Jan. 21, Joe T. May is running as an independent for an open state Senate seat, which almost certainly ensures that Democrats will win. Republican votes will be split between Mr. May, an outgoing Republican member of the House of Delegates who lost a primary, and the Republican nominee, John Whitbeck. Jennifer Wexton, a liberal Democrat, will likely win with a plurality, almost by default.</p>
  • Obama administration announces net loss of at least 3 million insurance plans

    12/30/2013 6:42:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2013 | Neil Munro
    The White House used a Sunday morning statement to admit that only 1.1 million people have used the federal Obamacare website to sign up for the president’s healthcare network by Christmas Day. [Snip] The total reported signups are at least 3 million fewer than the 5 million people whose health-insurance policies were cancelled prior to Christmas by President Barack Obama’s ambitious tax-and-healthcare scheme. [Snip] The short statement didn’t provide critical details about the claimed sign-ups. The plan claimed 1.1 million people have “enrolled,” but did not say what the “enrolled” term means. A person is not insured until he or...
  • Suspected 'Cop Killer' Bank Robber Had Threatened President

    12/30/2013 6:35:50 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 30, 2013 | RON CLAIBORNE and GILLIAN MOHNEY RON CLAIBORNE More From Ron » News Anchor via GOOD MORNING AMERIC
    The man suspected in a spree of bank robberies and the killing of a police officer in Tupelo, Miss., was sentenced in 2010 for threatening to kill President Obama and his predecessors, a federal law enforcement official told ABC News. Authorities today identified the suspect, who was killed Saturday in a shootout with police outside a Phoenix, Ariz., bank, as Mario Edward Garnett, 40. An indictment said that in August 2010 Garnett allegedly posted a message to the White House website, saying among other things: "if you order a strike on Iran, I'm going to come up there and blow...
  • Lebanese army fires at Syrian warplanes for first time

    12/30/2013 6:31:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    The Lebanese army fired anti-aircraft missiles at two Syrian warplanes that bombed a border area close to the Lebanese town of Arsal, officials said. It is the first time since the Syrian conflict began that Lebanon has moved to prevent Syrian planes from violating its airspace.
  • Opa-locka Man Gunned Down In Ambush

    12/30/2013 6:30:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 12/30/13
    An investigation is underway after a man died in a rain of gunfire Sunday night. Family identified the victim as 25-year-old Christopher Smith, the father of a 7-year-old daughter and an aspiring rap artist... [The victim] was ambushed and shot at more than 60 times.
  • Nevada County Church Ordered To Remove “Support Our Troops” Sign

    12/30/2013 6:25:19 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | December 28, 2013 | no attribution
    A church is in a clash with Nevada County after being told to take down a sign with an American flag and a message to support the troops. Simple Truth Church put up the sign to cover an old, rundown billboard. However the “Support Our Troops” sign is becoming quite controversial. If the church doesn’t remove the sign, it could be fined.
  • Spain arrests eight over global bank cyber heists

    12/30/2013 6:24:45 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Dec. 30, 2013 - 02:39AM JST
    Spanish police on Sunday said they had arrested eight people suspected of helping to steal more than $60 million from banks worldwide by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from cash machines. The arrests are one of the biggest breakthroughs yet outside the United States in connection with a series of global bank heists, coordinated across numerous countries by cells which withdrew millions of dollars in a matter of hours. Spanish police said in a statement they had detained six Romanian citizens and two Moroccans on the outskirts of Madrid, and seized 25,000 euros ($34,400) in cash...
  • Second suicide bomb in 24 hours causes carnage in Volgograd ... six weeks ahead of the Olympics

    12/30/2013 6:09:22 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 30, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Russia faces a New Year security nightmare after the second devastating suicide bomb explosion within 24 hours, this time on a rush hour trolley bus in Volgograd. The latest blast killed at least 14 with 28 wounded, some severely. A day earlier, an explosion reported as being detonated by a female "black widow" suicide bomber saw 17 killed and dozens wounded in the city's main railway station. The latest explosion was said by law enforcement officials to have been caused by a man detonating a bomb in a crowded trolley bus packed with early morning commuters. At least 14 people...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,December 30-January 3, 2013-14

    12/30/2013 5:55:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | December 30-January 3, 2013-2014 | Jim Vicevich
    Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt Connecticut powerhouse! Are you outside of Connecticut? Start your day off listening to Jim...
  • Voters Take Negative View of Labor Unions; Liberals in Favor of Strikes (Until Strikes Happen)

    12/30/2013 5:49:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In what is decidedly a good thing for California as well as the nation at-large, a recent Field Poll shows California Voters Take Negative View of Labor Unions. According to the latest Field Poll, California voter views of labor unions have taken a decidedly negative turn over the past two and one-half years. Whereas a March 2011 survey found voters by a four to three margin, believing that labor unions generally do more good than harm, opinions about this have shifted, with more voters now saying they do more harm than good, 45% to 40%. The poll also finds Californians...
  • Israel and Saudi Arabia: Unlikely Allies

    12/30/2013 5:38:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 30, 2013 | Joseph Puder
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Israel and Saudi Arabia: Unlikely AlliesPosted By Joseph Puder On December 30, 2013 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Media outlets have been speculating about the emerging alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia. The International Business Times (December 2, 2013), quoted London’s Sunday Times as saying that “Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together to bring down Iran’s nuclear activities.” Clearly, having a mutual interest in stopping the threat of a hegemonic and nuclear Iran has made the two unlikely allies.Saudi and Israeli interests have converged more than once before. First,...
  • A Hate Crime in Texas

    12/30/2013 5:37:27 AM PST · by SJackson
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 30, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - A Hate Crime in TexasPosted By Colin Flaherty On December 30, 2013 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments First came the shock. Then disbelief. Then the questions: Why him? Why now? Why did Attorney General Holder choose to file hate crime charges against a white man in Texas for allegedly playing the Knockout Game against a black man?And the biggest question of all: When will public officials and the media stop ignoring — and denying — the black mob violence and black on white crime that exists exponentially out of proportion?As...