Friday, January 01, 2010

Headlines Friday 1st January 2010


If you only followed the mainstream media in 2009, you might have missed some of the biggest stories of the year. Here are the top nine stories the other guys missed.

CIA Officers Killed in Blast
Taliban claim responsibility for Afghan base attack that killed 8 Americans, some believed to be CIA employees


Some scientific studies this past year left many people wondering what the point was when the conclusion seemed to be common knowledge.

A Decade of Scandals
This decade, many politicians put their careers on the line thanks to scandals they were involved in - like Gore being given a peace prize for a scare campaign? - ed.

Politicians War Over Jet Plot
Dems accuse GOP of exploiting terror threat for political gain, as White House faces pressure for its response. - People die from Dem incompetence. -ed.

Toddler killed as police chase suspects
A TODDLER is dead after a car being chased by police collided with the vehicle she was in.

Gunman dead after NYE massacre
A LONE shooter who gunned down five people has turned his weapon on himself.

Drifting back
The issue of boat people was of great concern 30 years ago, Cabinet papers reveal - Mr Ruddock had to oppose Whitlam to get boat people accepted in Australia. - ed.

Breakthrough in fight to save devils
AN international team of scientists has discovered the genetic marker for a deadly cancer ravaging the Tasmanian devil population.

Cardinal credited with famous John Paul II speech dies
THE former head of the Catholic church in Ireland, Cardinal Cahal Daly, has died in hospital in Belfast. The 92-year-old, who was archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland from 1990 until 1996, had suffered from heart problems and was admitted to Belfast City Hospital on Monday. Cardinal Daly was credited with writing a famous speech by pope John Paul II in 1979 in which the pontiff appealed to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to end its violent campaign for an end to British rule of Northern Ireland. Speaking at Drogheda during a visit to Ireland, the Polish pope said: "On my knees, I beg you to turn away from the path of violence and to return to the ways of peace. "You may claim to seek justice, I too believe in justice and seek justice, but violence only delays the day of justice."
=== Journalists Corner ===

Ring in the New Year with Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly LIVE from Times Square!
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Best of the Best 2009
The big interviews, the big guests, and absolutely no bloviating!
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Countdown to New Year's
Glenn reflects on his first year at Fox News and looks back at the show's best moments.
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Special Series Next Week
'On the Record' hits the road to take the country's temperature on health care reform! Catch the first report Monday.
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PM’s asylum insanity softens our borders
Piers Akerman
DEPENDING on who is counting, 59 or 61 people-smuggler boats were detected in Australian waters in 2009.
On the oceans however, there is literally a flotilla of more small boats making their way here, their passengers encouraged by the Rudd Government’s softening of Australia’s border protection regime. - I have substantial sympathy for refugees, and wish what is best for them. Rudd's ego is not working in the interests of refugees anywhere. Some of my best friends are boat people, or refugees. They came to Australia enduring great hardship that was not necessary, but a result of ALP political posturing. Mr Ruddock had to fight Mr Whitlam to get Whitlam to accept these poor people. Refugees may spend a substantial amount of their lives in camps. This s because while their tens of millions of refugees there are few places for them worldwide. So a friend of mine who completed university did so without ever having had a primary education. So that a survivor of Khmer Rouge torture after three years being chained to a tree had to spend a further five years in a Thai refugee camp. It is perfectly reasonable to expect desperate people to be desperate. It is cruel, cold and unfair to mistreat people the way Rudd is. The truth is the entire world could live the Australian dream of a quarter acre block and a house for their family in Queensland. I'm not suggesting that happen, but Rudd's stupid policy is clearly a sham based on a lie. - ed.
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'Factor' Debut, Part 3: Does Sarah Palin Want to Lead a Populist Movement in America?
This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," November 23, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

Watch "The O'Reilly Factor" weeknights at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET!

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Now for the top story tonight, the final part of my interview with Governor Palin. We begin this evening with the hateful attacks she has endured.

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BILL O'REILLY, HOST: You, I think, have been hammered by the media more than any other politician, except Richard Nixon, in my lifetime. What is it about Sarah Palin that makes some Americans, primarily on the left, but you've been hammered on the right, too. I'm sure have you heard David Brooks of The New York Times say:

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DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: She's a joke. I mean, I just can't take her seriously. We've got serious problems in the country.

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O'REILLY: What is it about you that brings out these strong negative emotions?
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