Cover Stories, News
By Elvira Fernandez Hasty
President Obama seemed happy to greet Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The video shows him talking in a friendly manner and, it even looked like he was bowing.
Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy dies in small plane crash
By Doug Hagmann
Loretta Fuddy, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, reportedly died due to injuries she received in the crash of a small commuter plane shortly before 4:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Confirmation of her death occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time (1:00 a.m. Eastern time The plane crash occurred about a half-mile off shore of the north shore of Molokai, shortly after taking off from Kalaupapa, Emergency officials responding to the crash site reported seeing eight people floating in the water wearing life vests.).
Liberty Makes Ignorance Necessary
By Dr. Robert R. Owens
If we knew everything in the past and the future there would be little need for freedom. If we could accurately know all that preceded our fleeting moment upon life’s stage, if we could know all the consequences of our present desires, and if we could know what we would desire in the future we could then chart a course to perfection without any detours and so freedom of action would be unnecessary and central-planning would make sense.
A private e-mail admission by Bill Ayers
By Doug Hagmann
The plot of a film noir of a half-century ago consisted of an unassuming man confessing to police his involvement in a number of murders in London while each remained unsolved. The murders took place over a period of a few months and were ostensibly performed at the hands of a serial killer.
Yes, America, We Have A Dictator
By Paula Helton
In 1987 a little 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the Editor of the New York Sun asking “Is there a Santa Claus?”. It seems some of her friends had told her there was no Santa Claus. A Sun newsman named Francis Pharcellus Church penned a response that was printed in the form of an editorial on September 21, 1897, assuring Virginia that indeed there is a Santa Claus.
Guardian Angels of the Four-Legged Kind
By Judi McLeod
In the emotional, political and financial upheaval of a world that seems to be going backwards by day, pets are more than ever the main constant to ordinary people.
ObamaCare will create Cold Hard bodies
By Dr. Laurie Roth
From the beginning, the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as ‘ObamaCare’ was always a ‘bright shiny thing’ appealing to the dumbed down masses in America who had wants, needs and health issues.
On selfies and Shackleton
By Marta H. Mossburg
Leadership can mean many things to many people.
But it’s absence is obvious, as it was with President Barack Obama, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron snapping a “selfie” Tuesday like teenagers at a rock concert and not dignitaries celebrating the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela at his funeral. His funeral.
Recent CFP Columns
EGYPT: High-Profile Convert Jailed for ‘Inciting Strife’
By News on the Net --Christianity - Religion
Sources: Morningstar News, Release International
Mohammed Hegazy, a well-known Christian campaigner for religious liberty, has been detained in Egypt for allegedly inciting “sectarian strife.” Sources are concerned that the 31-year-old believer may be enduring torture in prison.
Ukraine’s Two New Energy Deals
By News on the Net --Energy - Environment
If one was to believe the picture that most Western media outlets are painting, Ukraine has been lost to Russia. Though the country fought valiantly to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union in Vilnius, Lithuania last month, President Viktor Yanukovych suspended negotiations with the EU at the last possible moment, betraying Ukrainians everywhere. Two recent energy deals that Ukraine has reportedly made, one with Russia and the other with Slovakia, however, show that the reality of the situation is slightly more complex.
Sources claiming as few as 5-15% of ObamaCare ‘enrollees’ have paid their premiums
By Robert Laurie --American Healthcare
The administration and its liberal allies love to cite their new, severely massaged, set of November numbers. If they’re to be believed, as of November 30th 365,000 people have signed up for private insurance through ObamaCare.
Hacker’s heaven may leave you financially disabled for life
By Guest Column --Crime - Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama Administration is urging its supporters to make the most of the holidays — by turning family dinners and other social gatherings into platforms for boosting enrollment in ObamaCare.
ObamaCare now directing unqualified people to Medicaid
By Dan Calabrese --American Healthcare
So you decided to be a good citizen and go on HealthCare.gov to get that ObamaCare. You make upwards of $50,000 a year, which is decent but not so much that you can’t get a subsidy in the age of Obama. So you figure you’ll find out what your subsidy is and sign up.
Lapdawg holds tablets high, while EC-BC carries just about everything
By Jim Bray --Technology- New Products
This week’s tech column isn’t really about technology. Instead, it’s about a couple of interesting products that help you handle your technology.
Property Rights in Wyoming Threatened by Civil Forfeiture
By News on the Net --American Freedom
Imagine you’re driving along on a Wyoming highway and get pulled over. The Highway Patrol asks to search your car. You don’t like this, but you’ve got nothing to hide, so you consent. The troopers find a large sum of cash that you’re transporting and ask why you have so much money. You’ve done nothing wrong or illegal, and by this point are pretty fed up with the inquiry, so you tell the police it’s none of their business. They then seize your money, letting you know you’ll have the chance to reclaim it in court, and let you go.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Rock Star of the New Evangelization
By Father Paul Nicholson --Christianity - Religion
Sports Minister Steve McConkey Disagrees with Nike’s Support of Gay Marriage and Planned Parenthood
By Christian Newswire --Christianity - Religion
MADISON, Wis.,—Nike recently started a political action committee (PAC) to support gay marriage in Oregon. According to Life Decisions International they also support the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
The “Arab Spring” and Refugees in the Middle East
By INSS --Middle East
The potential impact of refugees on economic, security, and political stability is a familiar challenge in the Middle East. Past wars in the region have led hundreds of thousands of people to migrate and in many cases to remain as permanent residents in their new locations, which in turn affects the political and demographic balance of the host countries. So too, the events of recent years in Syria, Libya, and Yemen have prompted waves of refugees that are likely to threaten the internal stability of countries that have thus far managed to survive the regional political shocks in (relative) equanimity.
Alberta leads North America in economic freedom while Nova Scotia, PEI lag far behind
By News on the Net --Financial, Business, Economy
TORONTO, ON—Alberta has the highest level of economic freedom among all Canadian provinces and U.S. states, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
Dog Helps Save Owner Who Was Hit By Car In Dorchester
By News on the Net --Pets and Animals
BOSTON (CBS) – A dog helped save her owner who was badly injured in a car crash just days before Thanksgiving.
Egyptian cops break laws they routinely enforce during protests
By Jim Kouri --Middle East
Rank-and-file Egyptian police officers staged a protest rally in Cairo on Sunday voicing their demands for higher wages and more benefits. Ironically, they were breaking the Egyptian government’s new law against protests which these same cops have been enforcing in the still troubled Muslim nation, according to Jacob Calabre, a former police commander and now an associate professor of police science at Kaplan International College.
ObamaCare’s Date with Destiny Approaches
By Arnold Ahlert --American Healthcare
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who remains as determined as ever to substitute Obama administration talking points for the truth, gave it her best effort in yesterday’s session before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. It was an underwhelming performance at best. As key dates approach and more facts about the government overhaul of the health care system emerge, it is becoming apparent that the ObamaCare scheme is headed for structural disaster—and will take tens of millions of Americans with it.
West Virginia: An Energy and Economic Analysis
By Institute for Energy Research --Energy - Environment
West Virginia is among the poorest states in the nation, with a median household income of just under $40,000, about $13,000 less than the national median. Compared to its neighboring states, its median household income is more than $20,000 less than that of Virginia and more than $30,000 less than Maryland. Coal mining jobs in West Virginia are some of the highest paying jobs in the state, at more than twice the average wage of all industries, but due to the Obama Administration’s regulations, these jobs are imperiled.
South Africa “Joined at the Hip” to Cuba
By Cliff Kincaid --World News
If President Obama’s handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro is news, Castro’s featured presence at the Nelson Mandela memorial service and what the South African government said about him are equally newsworthy. South Africa was described as “joined at the hip” to Cuba and in its debt for “liberation.”
Who – really – owns the North Pole?
By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser --Energy - Environment
Some while ago a Russian sub planted Russia’s flag on the bottom of the sea at the North Pole. Now, Canada claims ownership of the spot. Then there are also Denmark, Finland, Norway, and the U.S. with land masses nearest to the Pole. By all precedents, it would appear that each country does have a legitimate claim.
CNN Hosts Rare Live Contentious Global Warming Debate
By Marc Morano --Global Warming - Climategate
Morano in CNN debate:
Environmentalism’s Endless Lies
By Alan Caruba --Global Warming - Climategate
I am on the Friends of the Earth (FOE) email list and receive a steady stream of theirs and the Sierra Club’s lies about the environment. A recent FOE mailing stating that “Devastation from climate change has become all too frequent.”
Fifth ObamaCare Navigator fired after James O’Keefe ambush
By News on the Net --American Healthcare
VIDEO: Sign language interpreter at Mandela funeral was apparently faking it
By Dan Calabrese --World News
What is going on here? First it’s selfies and an indignant First Lady. Now the sign language guy is a fraud who’s faking his way through the whole thing?
Improving detection of radioactive material in nuclear waste water
By American Chemical Society --Energy - Environment
As the Fukushima crisis continues to remind the world of the potential dangers of nuclear disposal and unforeseen accidents, scientists are reporting progress toward a new way to detect the radioactive materials uranium and plutonium in waste water. Their report on the design of a highly sensitive nanosensor appears in ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies
By American Chemical Society --Energy - Environment
Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products (PCPs), infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than adult women in the U.S., researchers have reported. They published their findings on parabens, which have been linked to reproductive and other health issues, in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.
China’s Renewables Industry Is Headed For Collapse
By Guest Column --Global Warming - Climategate
China’s aggressive push to “green” its economy and become the world leader in renewable energy is admired by many commentators in the West. Those admirers need to look again. The country’s solar panel industry, which went from zero to become the world’s largest in five years, has crashed, with most producers now suffering from negative profit margins, soaring debt levels and idle factories. China’s experience with wind power is little different. China’s green crash is a textbook example of what happens when central planners substitute their economic decrees for the complex supply and demand decisions of a market.—Patricia Adams and Brady Yauch, Financial Post 9 December 2013