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AP Wire
Dec 20, 2013

1. SCORES INJURED IN LONDON THEATER COLLAPSE

The ceiling of the city's Apollo Theatre gives way, showering a packed audience with plaster, wood and dirt. At least seven people are seriously hurt.

2. WHO'S STRUGGLING WITH A CYBERSECURITY NIGHTMARE

Target says data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach.

3. HUMANITARIAN GESTURES FROM PUTIN AS OLYMPICS NEAR

He says he'll pardon jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and give amnesty to the Pussy Riot punk band and to Greenpeace activists.

4. WHY GENERAL WAS DEMOTED

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey drank heavily and associated with "suspect" women during a trip to Russia, investigators say. His command once included 450 ballistic missiles in the U.S.

5. SYRIAN RADICALS POSE GROWING DANGER

Islamic militants, now the most powerful force in the rebellion, are increasingly targeting those seen as opposed to their extreme views.

6. WHERE FAKE CIGARETTES FACE REAL BAN

In NYC, electronic smokes would be banned in locations like restaurants, bars and city parks — just like their leaf-and-paper cousins — under a measure the mayor is expected to sign.

7. FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN VOWS TO HOLD ONTO HIS SEAT

After pleading guilty to cocaine possession, Republican Rep. Trey Radel says he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters.

8. IN DIVERSE U.S., FATHER CHRISTMAS COMES IN MANY COLORS

Black, Latino and Native American Santa Clauses have been making the rounds — though not all reactions to non-white Santas this season have been jolly.

9. 'DUCK DYNASTY' FANS WANT ROBERTSON BACK

Thousands of viewers — and some politicians — are saying the patriarch's suspension is a violation of free speech.

10. FIGURE-SKATING CHAMP COMES OUT AHEAD OF SOCHI TRIP

Brian Boitano announces he's gay as he joins the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics.

Comments

deuce liti

Is that a picture of charles manson? Did I miss the reference to him? He escaped, didn't he?

Nevermind, I reread 10 about brian coming out. He really let himself go with that beard and all.

Vladtheimp

11. Apparently not newsworthy: In a continuing act of lawlessness, "Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline" http://www.washingtonpost.com/na...

The announcement falls under Obamacare’s hardship exemption applicable to those who “experienced financial or domestic circumstances, including an unexpected natural or human-caused event, such that he or she had a significant, unexpected increase in essential expenses that prevented him or her from obtaining coverage under a qualified health plan.

The termination of insurance plans required by Obamacare is now deemed “an unexpected natural or human-caused event.” In other words, for those brought within the scope of the announcement, “Obamacare itself is the hardship.” Like terrorism by Napolitanos’s lights, Obamacare is a man-caused disaster. (Powerline)

Bring on all the reactions to the commenter ignoring the utter fecklessness, duplicity, and lawlessness of this administration.

Lanivan

According to an article in 'The Hill', the Bush administration made several early decisions prior to, and during, the roll-out of Medicare Part D that delayed, modified, or phased in various major provisions of the law. Bush even shifted money from another program into Medicare Part D because of a major cost under-estimate glitch. Perhaps you would care to comment on the "utter fecklessness, duplicity, and lawlessness (my goodness - so many essess') of Medicare Part D.

Another thought - Do you suppose that the fact that House Republicans have proposed the repeal of the ACA 44 times since 2010, and Congressional Republicans not only voted to defund the ACA, but shut down the government for 16 days to the tune of $24+ billion in costs to the economy, because they did not care for the Affordable Care Act, that the Obama administration has been boxed into delaying or tweaking certain provisions of the law via executive order?

Vladtheimp

1. Medicare Part D only impacted a percentage of seniors, not all Americans; it did not involve the takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy; it was passed on a bi-partisan basis, without the need for bribes, kickbacks, and an improper legislative process; it did not cause millions to lose their health insurance; and President Bush (back to him again rather than our President for the last 5 years as a distraction) did not repeatedly lie to get it passed and to get people to sign up for it (If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance - period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor - period.) (Identified as "Lie of the Year" by Politico and the Washington Post).

And, of course, you want everyone to forget that delaying the individual mandate for a year was one of the House Republicans' proposals to keep the government running, to which Harry Reid responded by shutting the government down. Now Obama has done what Ted Cruz and vulnerable Democrats in the Senate proposed months ago.

Like a denizen of the deep, the Squid, you can keep emitting ink to try to cover up the many failures that are Obamacare - a socialistic big Government takeover built on deceit, executed incompetently and dishonestly, and destined to harm real American families, while being changed unilaterally and unconstitutionally by Obama and his Merry Band of Bureaucrats. The American people have seen through the black ink - look at the poll numbers.

Lanivan

Like the Great Cormorant, whose name derives from the Latin 'corvus marinus' and Byronic Celtic, you soar over aqueous situations, and with streamlined entry, dive deep to selectively attack that which is most appealing. I wasn't attempting to compare Medicare Part D with the ACA - only the fact that both programs required a series of delays, modifications, and tweaking, had problematic roll-outs, and survived. Perhaps my presentation was too deep and murky for you - my bad - even though Great Cormorants can dive 45 metres into the sea.

Yes, it is indeed tough for conservatives to admit that Obama and the Dems grew a spine and stood up to the Republican hostage-taking and threats of economic chaos that would hurt real American families, that was built on deceit, incompetence, and dishonesty, and not surrender, an act that would set precedence and would give carte blanche to future kidnappers.

Have you seen the latest polls? They are upticking slightly showing greater approval for Obamacare, and the media is finally getting off the horror story beat, and presenting many more examples of real American families having real success with Obamacare.

Vladtheimp

Ah, more defensive emissions meant to obscure and confuse, much like the squid ink sac (which can be used to expel a cloud of dark ink to confuse predators.[1] This sac is a muscular bag which originated as an extension of the hind gut; it is a modified hypobranchial gland.[2] It lies beneath the gut and opens into the anus, into which its contents – almost pure melanin – can be squirted; its proximity to the base of the funnel means that the ink can be distributed by ejected water as the cephalopod uses its jet propulsion.) Wiki (Shades of Duck Dynasty)

The wonderful successes of Obamacare - and Brian Boitano is really John-Claude Van Damme in tights, I guess. And what's the message we are supposed to get from Obama sending Janet, Big Sis, Napolitano along with Billy Jean and Brian to Sochi???

Lanivan

I highly recommend NOT eating an egg salad sandwich while simultaneously reading about the muscular, bag-like hypobranchial gland that lies beneath the gut and opens directly into the anus. The combination of the two activites promotes a gastro-intestinal effect not unlike a Great Cormorant spreading it's wings in an agitated manner after feasting on it's bloody prey, splayed out on the rocks....oh never mind.

I'd provide links to the successes of Obamacare, but am blocked by a highly-sensitive Mollom setting, which apparently is a subliminal message that the powers that be would prefer writers descend into short, petty insults, rather than the more high-brow insult technique that encompasses a myriad of cut and pastes, links, and youtube videos for expression. I hope it is re-booted in time so I can send you a great recording of the Ink Spots singing 'White Christmas'.

My sources tell me you have discerned the message correctly.

Goyo

Vlad, you're back! Oh, the mayhem in the streets! How many refugees will flee America into Canada and Mexico to escape the terror? I'm sure it's already in the millions. Lawlessness!!!

Boater

All of BO's flap about "subpar" policies... and he's now saying subpar is Okay. He shouldn't have messed with the insurance that people purchased in the first place. I hope he learned his lesson, but something tells me that's not the case. He doesn't know what they are doing and has admitted it.

Goyo

#9
Time to boycott duck hunting! I thought we were supposed to be a more tolerant society. I think that's a bit different than being required to get in line with whatever the latest trend in "correct" thinking is. We let Nazi's march. Virtually every popular television show depends on gutter humor and fringe behavior to survive, but it you think judgment
should be left to God, LOOK OUT!!!

LessThanAmused

I'd agree. Being neither overtly religious or political this one just blows my mind. When did it become anti-American to speak your mind and offer your opinion in the land of free speech?

You don't agree with what he says? So what? Who cares? Move on and find something constructive to do with your own life. Just because you don't agree with what someone says, does not make them any less a human than you.

This much hoopla over a couple comments made in an interview where they asked his opinion is insanity. Just because someone thinks different than you does not make them a bigot, or a racist, or an atheist, or......

Tri-cities realist

Exactly. Well said.

Tri-cities realist

#10 Brian Boitano is gay? Glad he came out, I never would have guessed.

LessThanAmused

Ha! no kiddin', I called that one about 12 years ago.

Great time to come out now, just before you head off for Russia!

Goyo

Being Gay is OK, but it's even better when you can make it an attention getting political issue. Not good enough to just be left alone.
I'm going to announce it right now-I'm a fat old white guy. Better yet, I'm a member of that Fat Old White Guy Defense League. There's a parade planned, but no one wants to march-we're too fat and old! Where's the justice!

LessThanAmused

"Being Gay is OK, but it's even better when you can make it an attention getting political issue. Not good enough to just be left alone".

^^^^^^^^^^^ This 100%

When's the parade? I love a good parade!

Back to the Wall

Halloween parade.

Wingmaster

When the lights go out and infrastructure does not exist, and you need a good neighbor to help you. Who do you want as your neighbor? 1. Brian Boitano 2. Phil Robertson

bigdeal

that would depend on if you needed a duck-blind or an ice skating rink built. And on your homophobia of course.

Vladtheimp

3. In Hawaii - Reggie Love

But to prove I'm on topic, tie in Duck Dynasty, and not a racist, I would choose Vanessa Williams regardless of her Duck Call - she would be a great neighbor when the lights go off.

LessThanAmused

Suicide is not the way to go! You gotta know 2 hours with her in the dark and you'd be a dead man.

Lanivan

Besides Vanessa's stunning beauty and many accomplishments, I also admire her for her strong advocacy for gay and same sex marriage rights.

LessThanAmused

If I HAD to have a neighbor I'd prefer someone that's a little less of a whack-a-doodle than either of the above choices. I don't want to be sitting in the dark with no heat with either of those two! :-O

Vladtheimp

I'll leave Reggie in the dark to Barry - Vanessa I might die happy.

LessThanAmused

So what are you saying? That you're not an ice skater?

Vladtheimp

That my Zamboni would glide with Nancy Kerrigan and not Brian Boitano, and that it's equal opportunity regarding Vanessa Williams.

horst

Have you heard this one??? Two duck hunters, Brian B. and Phil R. are out in a duck blind.......DAMN, I forgot the punch-line!!!

deuce liti

It goes: phil says, "if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it must be a duck." Brian says, "for the last time, I'm no duck, but I just laid an egg and you're the father!"

They're seen on jerry springer 2 weeks later.

BanjoPicker

The tasteless shows like Teen Mom, Real Housewives, Kardashians, etc. are far worse than what Phil had to say. People thought that Beevis and B.head was the end of the world. Their stuff is tame compared to what is on TV.

LessThanAmused

Amen. I thought of this when I read your post. Type that phrase in Google and get a chuckle.

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