While the United States has refused to comment on Canada’s recent claim that it owns the North Pole, it has rejected the idea that the claim could mean Santa Claus is Canadian.
untitledU.S. State Department spokesperson  Jen Psaki said Thursday the United States won’t comment because Canada has only submitted preliminary information on its Arctic claim to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, which decides on issues arising from the Law of the Sea Convention. The United States is not a part of this treaty.

At the daily state department briefing, Psaki, however, rejected the notion that Santa is Canadian.
Reporter: “Is Santa a U.S. citizen.”
Psaki: “Santa is a woman, just so you know.”
Reporter: “And she is a citizen of the world?
Psaki: “A citizen of the world. Santa will find you everywhere. That is what I always learned.”
Reporter: “So has the U.S. already issued a visa to Santa?”
Psaki: Santa does not need a visa. He has a visa waiver in the United States. (Laughter.)
We have a “WINNER OF THE DAY” folks!

Video of a difficult arrest in Hamilton, Ont., has garnered millions of views around the world for the way two cops handled themselves.
imagesCA6LHLW7Titled “Honest Cops,” the video shows officers Mark Morelli and Chantelle Wilson subdue a woman who is screaming and flailing around. After a struggle that lasts several minutes, they address the crowd gathered around the police cruiser in a polite and professional manner, explaining what had just happened and apologizing for the scene.
“Unfortunately, she decided to try to resist arrest … and while it may look and appear to be something much worse than it is, it is only because she is resisting so violently and flailing around on the ground,” Morelli said said. “I’m doing my best not to hurt that girl.”
Even when the man filming the incident questioned the officers about their use of force, Morelli remained calm and even apologetic.
“While it may appear to be very rough to you — and I apologize for you having to see that — but I have the lawful authority to arrest her and I am obligated to arrest her.”

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has executed the powerful uncle of young leader  Kim Sung tooKim Jong ill  Kim Jong Un, state media said on Friday, the biggest upheaval in years as the ruling dynasty sought to distance itself from responsibility for the isolated states’s dire living standards.
Jing Song Too,  Jingo Jango Too, Jang Song Thaek, considered the second most powerful man in the secretive North, was killed just days ahead of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Sung Tu,  Kim Jong Il, the father of North Korea’s current ruler.
The execution coincided with Kim Jango Tango,  Kim Jango Ji,  Kim Jong Un – the third Kim to rule North Korea – suddenly being portrayed in state media as the image of his father rather than his grandfather, Kim Jong Un.  Kim Sera Sera,  Kim Il Sung, who is still revered as the founder of the nation.

(We think!)
untitledExperts who study the authoritarian country, which closely guards its internal workings from both outsiders and citizens, were divided on whether the sudden turn of events reflected turmoil within the highest levels of power or signaled that Kim Jong Un was consolidating his power in a decisive show of strength. Either way, the purge is an unsettling development for a world that is already wary of Kim’s unpredictability amid North Korea’s attempts to develop nuclear weapons.

2013-12-12T132534Z_1873393589_GM1E9CC1NDL01_RTRMADP_3_PALESTINIANS-GAZA-WEATHERWomen walk with umbrellas on a snow-covered road during winter in Jerusalem December 12, 2013.
Schools and offices in Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank were closed and public transport briefly suspended after heavy snowfall on Thursday. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A man holding an umbrella walks as snow falls at the Wailing  Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City December 12, 2013.
According to sources on the scene,  he was wailing about what the hell was going on with the weather?
2013-12-12T142632Z_1845616659_GF2E9CC125301_RTRMADP_3_ISRAELSnow fell in Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank where schools and offices were widely closed and public transport was paused. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Is it really over? According to a new report from TMZ, Khloe Kardashian plans to file for divorce from husband Lamar Odom very, very soon.
1383844044_khloe-kardashian-lamar-odom-lgAs in today, Friday, Dec. 13.
The site claims that the 29-year-old reality star will be citing irreconcilable differences in her divorce papers.
Married since September 2009, the couple have been estranged for several months, thanks largely to revelations about Odom’s drug use.
The only question we have here at the Perspective Research Department is: “What is it with the Kardashians and all these black guys?

A federal ban on inefficient light bulbs goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, almost seven years after it was announced with fanfare by a then-rookie Conservative government.
cpt505151019_high1The Conservative government announced an aggressive plan in 2007 that would effectively remove most incandescent bulbs from retail shelves in favour of more expensive alternatives, such as compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs.
Authorities say that you can expect the lightbulb police to be knocking on your door to check for old style incandescent bulbs anytime after a 3 month grace period has expired!
(John Baird announced plans for a ban on the sale of incandescent light-bulbs in 2007.)

The gay rights campaign was dealt two major blows this week, but activists insist the fight for equality isn’t losing ground.
imagesCAAGNDN1On Wednesday, India’s Supreme Court reinstated a gay sex ban that enables the jailing of homosexuals and makes the act punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The next day, Australia’s high court struck down a law that had started allowing the country’s first gay marriages. The court ruled the Australian Capital Territory Act (ACT), which allowed same-sex marriage in the nation’s capital and surrounding area, couldn’t stand alongside the federal Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.
ON A SAD NOTE: TYLER, Texas – Entering what his wife calls his “final days,” country music star Ray Price is ending all aggressive treatment for his pancreatic cancer and left an East Texas hospital Thursday to begin receiving hospice care at home. Price was discharged from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he had been in and out in recent months as he was treated for the cancer and its complications according to a hospital statement.

And while we are on the subject of dead singers: