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  • How the vitamin industrial complex swindled America

    12/18/2013 8:57:00 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 98 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/18/13 | Peter Weber
    Q uestions about the health benefits of vitamin supplements have been percolating in the medical establishment for decades — even as the multivitamin industry has grown to a multi-billion powerhouse in the U.S. This week, the respected journal the Annals of Internal Medicine put its well-heeled foot down. "We believe that the case is closed — supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful," the journal said in an editorial. "These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough." Here's Dr. Edgar Miller...
  • Shale Revolution: Trade Deficit Slides

    12/18/2013 8:53:09 PM PST · by ckilmer · 4 replies
    zacks ^ | December 18, 2013 | Zacks Equity Research
    Shale Revolution: Trade Deficit Slides by Zacks Equity Research   Published on December 18, 2013 |In October, the trade deficit declined to $40.3 billion from the upwardly revised figure of $43 billion for the month of September. Particularly notable was the fact that exports of goods and services increased by 1.8% to a record monthly high of $192.7 billion. This was an 18% increase from September figures. On the other hand, imports increased only by 4.5%, to $233.3 billion. Increase in Global Demand The decline in the level of deficit indicates that the global economy has turned the corner. Shipments to...
  • Dem cries foul on Issa's ObamaCare tactics

    12/18/2013 8:44:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies ^ | December 17, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The House Oversight Committee's top Democrat is accusing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of deliberately stoking fears about with partial and misleading document releases. Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) cried foul on Issa's habit of withholding portions of documents about ObamaCare and charged the committee chairman with "cherry-picking" evidence to heighten concerns about the enrollment website. "The chairman's actions are a reckless and transparent attempt to frighten Americans away from the website and deny them health insurance to which they are entitled," Cummings wrote in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Cummings disputed Issa's recent allegation that users' personal...
  • BACKFIRE: Governor’s New Media Adviser Compares Gun Rights to Ham Sandwiches?

    12/18/2013 8:43:32 PM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 16, 2013
    UPDATE: Noting that Alan Salazar, Hick’s strategery chief, retweeted the bizarre proclamation, Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates weighed in via The Colorado Observer.  Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo said that the tweet “seem[ed] to claim that ‘there is no Second Amendment’ and called on the governor to explain the message”, observing: “The tweet implies that the governor looks at gun rights in the same way as [Potter] does, and unless the governor says something to the contrary, that’s what we have to conclude.” Fellow gubernatorial candidate and state senator, Greg Brophy, said, “It’s an indication of how deeply their animosity toward gun rights...
  • Engine from Makani Kai plane recovered

    12/18/2013 8:43:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    The Maui News ^ | December 18, 2013 | The Maui News
    The complete engine from the Cessna Grand Caravan that crashed off Kalaupapa has been recovered by salvage crews, the owner of Makani Kai Air said Wednesday afternoon.
  • Bloomberg’s Meddling Ways On Unions Don’t Sit Well With De Blasio

    12/18/2013 8:36:19 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies ^ | December 18, 2013
    It’s the battle of the mayors. Michael Bloomberg has offered an unprecedented challenge to his successor to slash union benefits — for the good of the city — even if it means he doesn’t get re-elected. As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday, hizzoner’s meddling didn’t go well with the mayor-elect. Mayors usually go quietly at the end of their term, but not so with Bloomberg. On Wednesday, he told incoming Bill de Blasio he will have a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to slash union health and pension benefits — and that he should ignore his own political allegiances and ambitions to...
  • Second Amendment Roundup

    12/18/2013 8:34:12 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot ^ | December 18, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    It's a busy time defending the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. While progressive liberals try to push their anti-gun agenda on the country, citizens are fighting back to hold on to their liberties. Recently there's been a few ongoing events in the fight against gun control and here are some highlights. In my home state of Florida, gun sales are skyrocketing this holiday season. Background checks over the Thanksgiving weekend was at an all-time high and this sales rush is continuing into Christmas buying. The FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) has reported that there were 200,000 more background...
  • Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors

    12/18/2013 8:24:58 PM PST · by Bringbackthedraft · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals
  • Italian high court finds ‘romance’ in 60-year-old man’s sex with 11-year-old, overturns sentence

    12/18/2013 8:23:55 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12-18-13 | Hilary White
    An Italian high court has dismissed the sentence in a case of pedophilia on the grounds that there was “romance” involved between the 60 year-old social services worker and the 11 year-old girl in his care. Pietro Lamberti, who works for the social services department of Catanzaro in Calabria in the south, was found in bed with the girl, described as “disadvantaged” in the press, by local police who raided his house in June 2011. The Court of Cassation overturned a five-year sentence for a conviction of sexual violence against a minor. Italy’s age of consent is 14 and rises...
  • Here’s how the shale gas boom is saving Americans money

    12/18/2013 8:15:42 PM PST · by ckilmer · 7 replies
    wonk blog ^ | December 18, 2013 at 9:30 am | Brad Plumer
    That cheap gas is also saving Americans money on their energy bills. But how much? Ask the experts, and you get a fairly wide range of answers.
  • Michelle Obama to Sharpton: Obamacare Benefits Get Lost in Political ‘Back and Forth’

    12/18/2013 8:12:26 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | December 18, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Al Sharpton previewed his radio interview with First Lady Michelle Obama on his MSNBC show Wednesday afternoon. In the short clips, the first lady defended the Affordable Care Act by offering personal stories about when she and other women she has met have benefited from access to health care. Sharpton remarked that Michelle Obama is able to bring a “passion and a perspective” to the issue that transcends the “partisan bickering” of both Washington and talk radio. After telling the story of a mother who cried herself to sleep at night because her son was diagnosed with cancer and she...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson suspended by A&E (telling the truth about gays)

    12/18/2013 8:09:52 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 12/18/2013
    "Duck Dynasty" dad Phil Robertson has been placed on indefinite suspension by the A&E Network following his recent comments on homosexuality, the network announced Wednesday night. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," the network said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." Earlier Wednesday, Roberston had responded to...
  • Taliban Warned the Imran Khan on Polo Campaign

    12/18/2013 8:03:50 PM PST · by musarratullah · 16 replies
    own | 19 december 2013 | musarrat ullah jan
    Mir Ali,( North Wazir Stan ) 19 December 2013 Taliban group warned that PTI chief Imran khan to stop the polio campaign & promotion of Polio in the province. Otherwise the Taliban will target Imran Khan along With Sami Ul Haq. Ansar Ul Mujahedeen has taken the responsibility of the blast in Mir Ali on army check post and said that it’s the revenge of Hakeem Ullah Mehsood. Talking to media persons through telephone from unknown area the spokesman of the Ansar Ul Mujahedeen Abu Baseer said that our fighters did this and our activities will be continued against Pakistani...
  • FReep this Facebook Page: 'Bring Back Phil Robertson' ('LIKE' page if on Facebook)

    12/18/2013 8:02:01 PM PST · by montag813 · 32 replies ^ | 12-18-2013 | Bring Phil Back
    For any FReepers on Facebook, let's show A&E that we are a far stronger force than GLAAD or the Human Rights Campaign, and that Christians will not be bullied out of our freedom of speech.LIKE 'BRING BACK PHIL ROBERTSON' ON FACEBOOK
  • Larry Lujack 1940-2013

    12/18/2013 7:52:36 PM PST · by John W · 32 replies ^ | December 18, 2013 | Robert Feder
    Legendary “Superjock” Larry Lujack, a Radio Hall of Famer and one of broadcasting’s all-time greats, has died of cancer at 73. He had been battling esophageal cancer for the last year and was in hospice care in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he died Wednesday. More to come.
  • Gay Community Update: Libs Not Happy, Happy, Happy with Phil Robertson

    12/18/2013 7:46:30 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 12-18-13 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut. That's the trumpet fanfare, folks. It hearkens back to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorite days on this program. And we indeed are hearkening back, turning back the hands of time. Our old friend, the late great Klaus Nomi and a gay community update. (playing of song) RUSH: Klaus Nomi, everybody! (Continued playing of song) RUSH: Let 'er rip, Klaus. Yes, sir! Klaus Nomi! (continued playing of song) RUSH: Yes siree, my friends, the gay community update there voiced, a vocal portrayal by Klaus Nomi. Okay, today's gay update theme comes from Phil...
  • Sign the Petition to Demand A&E 'End the Unjust Suspension of Phil Robertson'

    12/18/2013 7:41:24 PM PST · by montag813 · 34 replies ^ | 12-18-2013 | John Urban
  • Target holiday cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards

    12/18/2013 7:38:18 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target Corp customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend in a major breach at the U.S. retailer, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Secret Service is investigating, according to a spokesman for the agency, which safeguards the nation's payment systems. Target officials did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators believe the data was obtained via software installed on machines that customers use to swipe magnetic strips on their cards when paying for merchandise at Target stores, according to the person who was not authorized to...
  • Senate Bill 248: Require Children's Services Review for Homeschooling (OHIO)

    12/18/2013 7:30:51 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 56 replies
    HSLDA ^ | Last Updated: December 17, 2013
    Senate Bill (SB) 248 was introduced on December 3, 2013, and would require children’s services to review all homeschool notices to determine whether homeschooling is “in the best interest of the child.” Under this proposed legislation, children’s services would be required to meet with parents who choose to homeschool and conduct separate in-person interviews with each of their children. Children’s services would then make a recommendation for or against the excuse from compulsory school attendance.
  • Matheson's exit gives GOP's Mia Love an opening for Utah congressional seat

    12/18/2013 7:28:48 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2013 | Joseph Weber
    “Mia Love has a straight shot to Congress now,” said Tyler Harber, a Republican strategist with the international strategy firm Harden Global. “She’s smart, worldly and interested in focusing on solving problems. ...
  • ObamaCare Found To Restrict Where You Live And Travel

    12/18/2013 7:27:23 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Freedom: It's bad enough that the president's health insurance takeover costs more, breaks his pledge of letting you keep your plan and diminishes choice. It actually restricts your travels too. 'We have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in." Those words from President John F. Kennedy in June 1963, standing at the Berlin Wall, neatly illustrated the moral superiority of the free West over the Soviet bloc. But Americans are now about to find themselves grappling with their own bureaucratic Berlin Wall. The American Thinker's Stella Paul has exposed the virtually unnoticed fact that within...
  • If Putin should remind us of anyone, it’s of a cross between the Perons

    12/18/2013 7:25:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies ^ | December 19, 2013 | Nina Khrushcheva
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has been compared to many strongmen of the past – Joseph Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, to name a few. But after nearly 14 years in power, perhaps the best comparison now may be a transgender cross between the former Argentine leader Juan Peron and his legendary wife, Eva (“Evita”). In the early 1940s, Col. Peron, as labor minister and secretary of war, was a “gray cardinal” to Argentina’s rulers. Before communism collapsed in 1989, Col. Putin, also memorably gray, was a devoted KGB operative, entrusted with spreading disinformation and recruiting Soviet and foreign...
  • Fans of Quinn & Rose Daily Discussion - December 19, 2013

    12/18/2013 7:23:53 PM PST · by sneakers · 26 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, (temporarily, I hope!) Gone, but DEFINITELY not forgotten! Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Leftist cult leader compared to Republicans

    12/18/2013 7:22:35 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 12-18-13 | El Presidente
    White House advisor foolishly compares leftist cult to evil Republicans. In 1976, The People's Temple's renowned socialist, social justice advocate, and King of Kool-Aid, the Rev. Jim Jones, moved his communist flock from the racist confines of the Fascist States of America (San Francisco apparently being too far right wing for his liking) to the glorious utopia known as Guyana. Within two years, The People's Temple (no connection to The People's Cube) had over 900 people's in Guyana living out the socialist dream of shared sacrifice and equal distribution of misery. But, like what always happens in a "People's" society,...
  • 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Right Stuff' among 25 named to 2013 National Film Registry

    12/18/2013 7:21:11 PM PST · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    HitFix ^ | December 18, 2013 | Gregory Ellwood
    'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Right Stuff' among 25 named to 2013 National Film Registry Plus: 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'Forbidden Planet' and more The Library of Congress announced the 25 films selected for the 2013 National Film Registry and they feature some Academy Award winners, a groundbreaking documentary, genre classics and family favorites. The highlights include Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994), Disney's "Mary Poppins" (1964), "Forbidden Planet" (1956), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), "The Quiet Man" (1952), Michael Moore's "Roger & Me" (1989) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" (1966).
  • Netflix recommendations needed.

    12/18/2013 7:18:35 PM PST · by Mountain Mary · 103 replies
    Looking for some new mysteries to watch on Netflix or Amazon...preferably Brit, Swede, Danish or otherwise European(better actors)..but could be American if they are decent like Breaking Bad. I posted a request a while ago and many of you great Freeper friends responded with good suggestions. It turned out to be a fun thread.,,,a necessary distraction at this stressful time of year...from all things Obama, libs, Dems, progressives and dysfunctional families?

    12/18/2013 7:09:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 84 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/18/2013 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    In Lawrence v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, reversing its own then-recent holding in Bowers v. v. Hardwick, ruled that laws against homosexual sodomy are unconstitutional–even though the Constitution says nothing about sex, let alone sodomy–on the ground that the right of privacy (also never mentioned in the Constitution) protects all consensual, private sexual contact between adults. Lawrence immediately was seen as a milestone in the campaign for gay marriage. Some conservatives noted that the Court’s rationale would protect polygamy, too, but they were denounced as killjoys. Lawyers noticed, however. Soon after Lawrence, several lawsuits were commenced in federal...
  • Run, Don’t Walk, To the Nearing Jesus. How Advent is a season of running more than waiting.

    12/18/2013 7:01:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/18/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming”  there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but we are also journeying to him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run (don’t walk) and hasten, to greet him as he draws near.The image of the Prodigal Son that comes to mind. His Father saw him and ran toward him, but he too was...
  • "I'm no hero, I'm just doing my job in a bad situation,"...Clyde Kawasaki....

    12/18/2013 7:01:10 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 54 replies
    KITV Channel 4 News ^ | Dec 18, 2013 11:11 AM HST | KITV Channel 4 News
    HONOLULU —"I'm no hero, I'm just doing my job in a bad situation," said Makani Kai Air pilot Clyde Kawasaki at a news conference Wednesday morning. [....] The salvage operation for the Makani Kai plane that crashed off Kalaupapa last week will end at nightfall today, no matter what is retrieved or not retrieved. The boat should be back in port in Honolulu by Thursday morning.
  • Should You Load Five, Or Should You Load Six? (Single Action Basics) [video only]

    12/18/2013 6:54:28 PM PST · by servo1969 · 41 replies ^ | 9-18-2013 | Hickok45
    "The questions as to why we load five rounds in a six-chambered revolver never dies. I attempt to give some graphic insight into why we do this. The S&W Top-Break replica is from Taylor's & Company, made by Uberti."
  • Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is Hurting Our Employees

    12/18/2013 6:54:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey spoke with Fox News’ Stuart Varney Wednesday to discuss the negative impact Obamacare is having on the health food retailer. Mackey told Varney that Whole Foods, which has been in business for 35 years and employees 80,000 workers, is being hit hard by Obamacare. “It’s raising our costs…We’ll have to cover things that are expensive that we may not want to cover, our team members may not want to have covered,” Mackey said. He explained that that costs will be raised, which could either depress wage increases or the corporation will be forced to pass...
  • Former Top NSA Official: “We Are Now In A Police State”

    12/18/2013 6:50:47 PM PST · by Perseverando · 76 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 18, 2013 | George Washington
    Bill Binney is the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information. A 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, Binney was the senior technical director within the agency and managed thousands of NSA employees. Binney has been interviewed by virtually all of the mainstream media, including CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, PBS and many others. Last year, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together, and said: We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state. But today, Binney told Washington’s Blog that the...
  • First lady: Signing up for Obamacare should be New Year's resolution (ROTFLMAO -- Again)

    12/18/2013 6:41:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/18/2013 | MEGHASHYAM MALI
    First lady Michelle Obama encouraged young people to sign up for Obamacare, telling them that enrolling in the health law's new insurance exchanges should be a New Year's resolution.“This act provides a safety net for millions and millions of Americans but we have to take the next step to go check it out, sign up and make sure that we're covered,” said Mrs. Obama in an interview for the “The Joe Madison Show” on Sirius XM Radio. “That should be our New Year's resolutions to ourselves.”The first lady’s interview was one of three radio spots as the administration looks to...
  • One Terrorist Killed, Five Injured in Jenin Clashes

    12/18/2013 6:38:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/13
    IDF soldiers shot dead a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist and wounded at least five others during a counterterrorism operation in the Samaria (Shomron) region Wednesday. Clashes broke out after Israeli special forces came under fire after being exposed in the course of an undercover operation to arrest local Hamas commander Jamal Abu al-Haija. "Earlier this evening during a counter terrorism activity in Jenin, Palestinians opened fire and threw improvised grenades and explosive devices at security forces," a statement said. Soldiers "retaliated towards the perpetrators in self defense. Several Palestinians were wounded in the exchange of fire" and taken by the...
  • D.C. panel suggests income tax changes, new per-worker fee for businesses

    12/18/2013 6:37:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/2013 | Mike DeBonis
    A blue-ribbon commission tasked with reviewing the District’s tax structure is recommending that city officials lower income taxes on low- and middle-income residents, broaden the application of sales tax and lower some business taxes — but assess employers a new quarterly fee of $25 per worker. The proposal, a year and a half in the making, will be forwarded to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and District lawmakers next month for possible inclusion in the city’s next budget, which will take effect next October.But it remains unclear how much of an appetite city leaders will have to upend the tax...
  • The Miracle on Candy Cane Lane

    12/18/2013 6:34:21 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 9 replies
    Mountain Home ^ | George Janssen
    There really is a Santa, and he’s inhabited a little street in Duboistown for over fifty years. From late November to the Epiphany in early January, the evening traffic on Euclid Avenue in Duboistown, Pennsylvania, can slow to a crawl. Drivers traveling east or west on the avenue can get caught in bumper-to-bumper lines of vehicles which stretch for blocks, though no one inching along seems to mind at all. You see, moving at a snail’s pace for a while can be a very small price to pay for the opportunity to cruise up Candy Cane Lane, where visitors young...
  • NFL could reschedule Super Bowl in case of snow

    12/18/2013 6:33:35 PM PST · by Perdogg · 56 replies
    NFL officials are ready for all contingencies related to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Even if it means staging the game on a different day. Possibly even a different week. Although every Giants and Jets game has been played as scheduled at MetLife Stadium and Giants Stadium -- going all the way back to 1976 for the Giants, to 1984 for the Jets -- officials have plans in place for a weather event that could change the day of the game from its scheduled Feb. 2 date.
  • Gunmen Open Fire at PA Minister's Office

    12/18/2013 6:33:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/13
    Gunmen opened fire at the office of the Palestinian Authority’s minister of Islamic endowments, Mahmoud Habbash, on Wednesday evening, witnesses told the Ma’an news agency. The witnesses said that masked and armed men fired heavily at the minister’s office in al-Jinan neighborhood in el-Bireh minutes after he arrived. Guards responded by shooting at the assailants, who fled the scene in a private car. ....
  • Did Loretta Fuddy get 'Ron Browned'? (...eyebrow-raising evidence in death of Clinton 'bagman')

    12/18/2013 6:32:38 PM PST · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    WND ^ | December 18, 2013 | Jack Cashill
    Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaiian official responsible for the release of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, died last week in a small-plane crash off the island of Molokai. The plane crashed was enough to raise suspicions among those who follow these things. That she was the only one of the nine onboard to die heightened those suspicions, especially given the conflicting accounts of how she alone failed to survive. More than a few people have asked my opinion on this given that I wrote a book on a case with some parallels – the death of then-Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in an...
  • Mandela's legacy: The freefall of South Africa (Rapes, murders, disease, corruption, poverty,...)

    12/18/2013 6:22:18 PM PST · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    WND ^ | December 18, 2013 | Alex Newman
    The horror stories about life in South Africa under apartheid are endless, of course, and the fall of that morally repugnant political system is universally hailed as a triumph. But two decades after the white-led government relinquished power, and especially in the afterglow of worldwide praise for the nation’s former president Nelson Mandela after his passing at age 95, an objective look at South Africa today is very disturbing. In fact, even among the harshest critics of apartheid and racial oppression, there is an acknowledgement that in many ways the “rainbow nation,” under African National Congress and South African Communist...
  • 'Pajama Boy' on Obamacare: Will Millennials hear a grownup in a onesie? (ROTFLMAO!!)

    12/18/2013 6:17:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 89 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/18/2013 | Peter Grier
    Have you heard about “Pajama Boy”? He’s in an ad tweeted yesterday by a political nonprofit associated with President Obama, wearing what appears to be a plaid onesie while cradling a hot beverage and looking to one side through arched eyebrows.The point of the ad is to promote Obamacare among young adults. “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance,” says the ad copy.The tweet adds its own kicker: “How do you plan to spend the cold days of December?” It includes a link to a website from the group, Organizing for Action, that includes information on how...
  • Increased Military Spending On The Back Of DISABLED Military Retirees?

    12/18/2013 6:14:52 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 18 Dec 13 | Mark Horne
    The Ryan budget deal keeps getting better and better. And by “better,” I mean much worse. When I wrote about the cut for military retirees, I mentioned the possibility that this might be the only income some of them have. The original sequestration had wonderful priorities in exempting personnel. Ryan is sacrificing those who have already served for the sake of more war power abroad. We already have a military that spends as the next ten nations combined. Why take away from military retirees (some of whom are completely dependent on that income exclusively) to feed an institution that...
  • 'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson suspended for comments about gays

    12/18/2013 6:08:18 PM PST · by navysealdad · 129 replies
    "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely by A&E Networks following controversial remarks about homosexuality, Variety reported Wednesday.
  • Military disabled, retirees take hit under budget deal nearing passage in U.S. Senate

    12/18/2013 6:06:10 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    For Florida’s nearly 200,000 military retirees — more than any state except Texas — a budget deal moving through the U.S. Senate Wednesday is projected to shave $20 billion dollars from the country’s deficit in ways that have many veterans organizations outraged. The legislation struck by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray has a provision that drops the cost of living allowance for military retirees and disabled veterans to 1 percentage point below inflation. That is, if inflation for a given year is 3 percent, cost of living adjustments will rise only 2...
  • BP Accuses Texas Lawyer of ‘Brazen Fraud’ in Workers’ Claims Over Gulf Oil Spill (Obama fundraiser)

    12/18/2013 6:04:47 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 17, 2013 | By John Schwartz
    BP on Tuesday accused a Texas lawyer of fraudulently driving up its settlement costs in the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill by claiming to represent tens of thousands of clients who turned out to be “phantoms.” In a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in New Orleans, the oil giant, which has been fighting the administration of a settlement with plaintiffs in the courtroom and in the news media, claimed that it relied on the client count supplied by the lawyer, Mikal C. Watts, in 2010 when it put $2.3 billion into a special compensation program for the seafood industry....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 19 December 2013

    12/18/2013 6:01:11 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 61 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ ASTA ATTACK Asta, a military police working dog, attacks U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William Bryan during a controlled aggression demonstration at Ford Island on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 13, 2013. The military uses working dogs to apprehend suspects and to detect explosives and narcotics while searching buildings, ships and submarines. Bryan is a master-at-arms. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Quinlan Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring...
  • Rangel Is Expected to Seek 23rd Term in Congress

    12/18/2013 6:00:09 PM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 18, 2013 | Jason Horowitz
    Charles B. Rangel, the venerable but embattled congressman from Harlem, will announce on Thursday that he is running for a 23rd term, according to a colleague in the New York House delegation. Representative Rangel — who in an unusually introspective email to supporters over the weekend prompted speculation that he might retire — told the colleague, Representative Gregory W. Meeks, this week that “I haven’t announced yet, but I want folks to know that I am going to do it.” “He is full of energy,” said Mr. Meeks, a fellow Democrat.
  • Two men attempt to torch 'Saturnalia' billboard in Pitman (NJ)

    12/18/2013 5:51:07 PM PST · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    South Jersey Times ^ | December 18, 2013
    PITMAN — Someone tried to torch the “Saturnalia” billboard on the edge of town Tuesday night.
  • Murray: Compromise was necessary on military pension cuts (Disabled Veterans are cut)

    12/18/2013 5:43:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 18 Dec 13 | CNN's Dana Davidsen
    (CNN) – Sen. Patty Murray, co-crafter of the bipartisan budget agreement and member of the veterans affair committee, said Wednesday cuts to pension benefits for some military veterans under the spending plan was a part of a compromise to avoid billions in cuts to the defense industry. "We had to look at how we could find compromises. There are things in this I like and there are things in this I don't like," the Senate Budget Committee chair and Democrat from Washington State said in an interview on CNN's "New Day." "But at the end of the day, if we...
  • 'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks

    12/18/2013 5:31:41 PM PST · by servo1969 · 194 replies ^ | 12-18-2013 | Lesley Goldberg
    A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."