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Orion Soars on First Test Flight [Video]

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft launched successfully atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket Dec. 5 at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is the first flight test for NASA’s new deep space capsule and is a critical step on NASA’s journey to Mars. The 4.5 hour flight is scheduled to conclude with the splashdown of Orion in the Pacific Ocean.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu Loses Re-Election Bid

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Mary LandrieuLousiana democrat Senator Mary Landrieu lost her bid for re-election on Saturday.

Challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy(R) ousted Landrieu by a 56% to 44% vote margin in a run-off election.

Landrieu had trailed Cassidy significantly in recent polls and the Democrat campaigning machine had largely abandoned her despite her 34 year tenure as Senator.

Landrieu had been touting her seniority in the Senate as a benefit to the state of Louisiana. She had managed to get a floor vote on the Keystone XL pipeline but was unable to muster the one additional democrat vote needed to get it passed.

The democrat loss in Louisiana finishes a long string of losses for liberals in the senate during the 2014 mid-term elections.

Times are tough – Obama causes drastic increases in electricity bills

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While Obama and his loyal media tell America that the recovery is in full-swing, the rest of the nation is about to suffer another blow as the president’s energy policy causes catastrophic changes to the electricity generation industry.

According to a Fox News report:

The energy industry and coal-producing states are projecting a wave of power plant closures in the final two years of the Obama administration as Environmental Protection Agency regulations take hold.

The goal of the agency’s campaign is to cut down on carbon pollution. However, industry groups and agencies say the EPA’s demands are simply too difficult to meet and will lead to powering down many facilities — eliminating hundreds of jobs and hurting cash-strapped state economies.

In a continuing effort to pander to the whining left and live up to a pre-election promise, Obama is making sure that energy costs “necessarily skyrocket” as a way to magically make his failing green-energy investments pay off.

Solyndra was just a canary in the coal mine (how ironic that phrase is now.) The entire green energy play is too expensive for the typically American family to afford and company-after-company simply folds up after sucking in millions, or billions of taxpayer dollars.

Many Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck as energy prices affect grocery bills, transportation costs, heating bills and just about everything else.

The President wants to make energy more expensive – at whose cost?

Al Queda Plot: Blow Up Five Planes This Christmas

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TERRORISTS are plotting to blow up five passenger jets in a Christmas “spectacular”, security experts say.

U.S. intelligence is reported to have discovered a terrorist plot to blow up at least five European commercial air liners over the Christmas holiday.

The threat is considered so seriously that U.K. officials are considering outright bans on carry on luggage or electronics in carry-on bags or on passengers.

Whitehall officials now admit that a terrorist attack is “almost inevitable” considering the number of British Jihadis returning from the Islamic State conflict.

Reports state that at least five planes have been targeted for a high-profile attack during the winter holidays.

It is suspected that Jihadists will board planes in other countries bound for Europe as many EU nations have not stepped up security as tightly as the U.S. or Israel.

 

 

American Air Base in S. Korea on Lockdown due to Active Shooter .. Drill

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** Update – Lockdown lifted due to reported active shooter DRILL – no active shooter was actually present **

A U.S. Military spokesman says that an American military base in South Korea is on lockdown because of reports of an active shooter.

Tech. Sgt. Stacy Foster said that Osan Air Base is on security lockdown due to an active shooter being reported at the on-base high school. No other details are available at this time.

It now appears that the incident is a result of a teacher getting a call about an active shooter drill:

Morgan Nugent, principal of Osan American High School, said in a posting that officials “decided to error on the side of safety” and lock the school down after a teacher received what sounded like an automated call saying there was “an active shooter drill taking place.” There was no such drill scheduled Monday.

All searches have turned up no evidence of an actual shooter and no injuries have been reported.

Over 28,000 troops are stationed at Osan.

Companies Getting Sued for Complying with Obamacare

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The Obama administration has filed lawsuits against several companies for complying with the wellness provisions in Obamacare.

Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against Honeywell International and two smaller companies for offering rewards to employees for taking part in wellness activities and penalizing those who don’t

The law suit stems from the 1990 Employees with Disabilities Act that prohibits employers from penalizing employees for failing to participate in medical tests such as cholesterol screening or blood pressure tests unless the test is directly related to the performance of the employees Job.

The conflict is clear – either employers are allowed to make wellness programs a requirement to avoid penalties or they aren’t.

If employers cannot use wellness programs as carrots and sticks, they struggle to satisfy a provision in Obamacare detailing the rewards and punishments.

Companies rely on these programs to contain skyrocketing medical costs and if they cannot control those expenses, they will find other ways to limit their liability.

CEO’s may choose to give their employees money so that they can buy a plan on the public exchanges which would limit the corporation’s liability to the funds supplied to the employee. Wellness then becomes no concern of the employer and more of a concern for the tax payer,

Company leaders could decide to end their four-year long support for Obamacare and start speaking publicly about it’s downfalls. Something the Obama administration would prefer to avoid.

The unintended consequences of government overreach continue to get heaped upon the American economy, American companies, and American families.

Ferguson Prosecutor: Officer Wilson Will Not Be Indicted

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Monday night, Ferguson, Missouri Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that the Grand Jury looking into the evidence of the Michael Brown shooting had found no probable cause to try Officer Wilson for any crime.

In a press conference beginning at approximately 8:14pm Central Time, Mr. McCulloch began by pledging his sympathy to the Brown family for their loss. McCulloch then painstakingly described the process that the grand jury undertook to come to its decision.

Revealing a flurry of competing witness accounts, changing witness testimony and witness accounts that simply did not line up with the physical evidence, the prosecutor outlined the evidence that was reviewed by the grand jury.

In response to the decision, the Brown family commented that they were “profoundly disappointed” with the outcome.

Despite the urging of the media present  at the announcement, Mr. McCulloch refused to release the vote count or more detailed demographics of the grand jury saying that the process is secretive by design and that he was not privy to the vote count nor is the grand jury allowed to release the final count.

The prosecutor also confirmed that testimony and evidence will be released to the public for their review.

The grand jury could have chosen to indict Officer Wilson on any of five counts ranging from murder in the first degree to manslaughter. The jurors found no evidence pointing to criminal behavior by the officer.

Va. Tech Pulls funding for conservative group over immigration speech

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Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) is beung threatened with funding cuts from  Virginia Tech administrators after co-sponsoring former Treasury Secretary Bay Buchanan  at a speech at the university.

Young Americans for Freedom, which co-sponsored the speech by the conservative pundit and sister of former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan with the school’s College Republicans, is appealing a decision made by the university’s Student Budget Board. The board denied the group funding for an already-scheduled speech by (former GOP presidential candidate) Herman Cain, as well as all other aid for the rest of the year.

The speech itself wasn’t what ignited the controversy, it was the efforts to inform students of the upcoming event that drew in agitators:

But the trouble began before the event, when a flyer circulated by YAF touting Buchanan’s apperance [sic] and alluding to an “alien invasion” caught the attention of Latino groups on campus. The Latino Association of Student Organizations reacted angrily on its Facebook page.

The board then decided that the content was offensive and subsequently “unanimously voted to deny funding.”

Furgeson under emergency declaration, military called in

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Ferguson, MO citizens are barricading their businesses and arming themselves while the governor calls in the National Guard in anticipation of a verdict in the Michael Brown shooting.

Protesters are demanding that Officer Darren Wilson be indicted by the grand jury currently considering the case.

Leaks from the proceedings have indicated that Wilson will not be indicted which is fueling protests. Some groups are threatening increasingly violent reaction should the grand jury not go their way.

A decision from the grand jury is expected within days.

Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as a measure to control any violence.

Unconfirmed reports are surfacing that the hacker group Anonymous has leaked a map showing the police/National Guard containment area around Ferguson.

Surgeon who contracted Ebola virus in Sierra Leone dies at Nebraska hospital

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A surgeon who contracted the Ebola virus died this morning at a Nebraska hospital.

The surgeon had been assisting with Ebola efforts in Seirra Leone when he contracted the disease. He had been transported to the Nebraska facility for treatment.

Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday due to advanced symptoms of the disease.

The medical director of the unit responsible for treating the stricken physician, Dr. Phil Smith said, “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

The U.S. State department said that it assisted in making the arrangements for the transportation, but that Dr. Salia paid the costs himself.

 

Obama Legacy: No one wants to work

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Almost everyone agrees that the policies of the current administration are not conducive to job creation. What’s really eye-opening is that the current policies are causing a huge portion of Americans to find work undesirable.

So why are more Americans not seeking work? The Pew Research Center has the answer:

You might think legions of retiring Baby Boomers are to blame, or perhaps the swelling ranks of laid-off workers who’ve grown discouraged about their re-employment prospects. While both of those groups doubtless are important (though just how important is debated by labor economists), our analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggests another key factor: Teens and young adults aren’t as interested in entering the work force as they used to be, a trend that predates the Great Recession.

The youngest of the nations’ working aged people are increasingly disinterested in finding work. Many in small business have also noticed an increasing number of new hires that just don’t have any drive once they have the job.

Some Americans remember asking for permission to work before they hit the age of 16. Most had jobs for extra money during high school. Very few from the previous generations would consider finding work “undesirable.”

What has led the nation’s new youth to find work offensive when their elders found being out-of-work to be embarrassing?

The culture of government dependency is likely the answer. Why work when the government will provide healthcare, a paycheck, food and a place to live? Strange that those same promises made in nations like Russia, Cuba and Venezuela instead lead to a nation of poor people with no way out.

As is proven by the numbers, America is not different. This nation requires a motivated workforce to invent, produce and consume. Anyone of working age not doing at least two of the three is taking more wood off the proverbial American wood pile than they are putting on. They are takers and an embarrassment to the country.

EBT cards have made the “green stamps” of yesteryear obsolete. They have also removed the stigma of using a page of stamps to pay for basic groceries. They also allow holders to buy fast food, junk snacks and sodas – not the basic needs for survival.

Being unproductive is no longer embarrassing. Adults living with their parents is common. Government benefits and pay are better than what many small businesses can offer. Is it really any surprise that a ton of Americans would really rather not work.

Government subsistence is no longer temporary or undesirable – working is.

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