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A Lesson for the Media
American Thinker, by Leo Rennert    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 12:27:42 PM     Post Reply
The Senate Homeland Security Committee report on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which killed four people, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, makes for painful reading. The committee´s findings, following a review of thousands of documents, shed new light on the utter confusion that prevailed at the highest levels of the administration in the days following the attack. Although U.S. intelligence almost immediately recognized the incident as a premeditated terrorist attack, administration officials, from President Obama on down, hedged and pretzled their comments to a fare-thee-well.

Obama´s idea of ´compromise´
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 12:24:29 PM     Post Reply
What was McConnell thinking? The fiscal cliff deal passed by the Senate contains $1 in spending cuts for every $41 in tax hikes. Brietbart: According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion-a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts-cuts that never ultimately came-they did so at ratios of 1:3 and 1:2.

U.S., Venezuela may be
exploring post-Chávez thaw
Miami Herald, by Andres Oppenheimer    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/1/2013 12:08:15 PM     Post Reply
While Venezuela’s announcement that President Hugo Chávez’s bout with cancer has taken a turn for the worse is making big headlines, there is another development in the Venezuelan drama that has gone almost unnoticed: high-level U.S.-Venezuelan talks preparing for a post-Chávez future may have already started. Well-placed U.S. officials tell me that Roberta S. Jacobson, the top U.S. State Department official in charge of Latin American affairs, held a long telephone conversation with Venezuela’s Vice President and Chávez-designated heir Nicolas Maduro on Nov. 21, where the two discussed, among other things, the possibility of restoring ambassadors.



Not an Awful Deal
American Spectator, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 11:18:20 AM     Post Reply
After about an hour of studying last night’s budget deal, I find it right on the borderline between (A) awful-tasting medicine we still need to take for our health and (B) a cure that is worse than the disease. But careful, careful attention pushes the calculation every-so-slightly toward the former. This isn’t even a 51-49 proposition, but only a 50.1-49.9 proposition. Still, here’s why the option of a “yes” vote for House Republicans — notwithstanding my warnings yesterday that “no deal” is better than a bad deal — is not an unacceptable decision. First, obviously

Liberalism’s $400,000 Problem
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 10:59:01 AM     Post Reply
If the tax debate could be simplified to a liberal desire to make sure the tax burden is borne by those who can most easily afford it and a conservative desire to keep taxes as low as possible on as many people as possible, the fiscal-cliff bargain that was struck between Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden over the last 48 hours — a bargain that could still fail to pass the House, but probably won’t — seems to offer something credible to both sides. One the one hand, it includes a real Democratic concession, which substitutes

King Obama the Irrelevant
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 10:41:29 AM     Post Reply
The "fiscal cliff" fiasco has made it clear that President Barack Obama is entirely irrelevant to the everyday task of governing. He is not interested in it, and he is not good at it. He is great at campaigning and terrible at leading. He is essentially a symbol, a political celebrity who could be re-elected forever because people seem to like what they think he stands for, and what he tells them he stands against. But he does nothing positive for the country. The deal that took shape on Capitol Hill

Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 In Spending Cuts
For Every $41 In Tax Increases
Breitbart, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: WhamDBambam- 1/1/2013 10:40:42 AM     Post Reply
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 3:1 and 2:1.
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Global warming should rule
out the expansion of coal
Seattle Times, by Bruce Ramsey    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2013 10:36:40 AM     Post Reply
Awareness of global warming is several decades old, and Seattle is proud to be a leader. We drive hybrid cars. We recycle our garbage. We vote Democratic. We’re good, no? “No,” says Peter Ward. Ward is a professor of biology and of earth and space science at the University of Washington. He is a specialist on the Cretaceous period, from 135 million to 65 million years ago, when the sea level was higher than today and Puget Sound country was a steaming jungle. He is an expert on extinctions. He is a writer of science books

The Gloater in Chief
American Thinker, by Mike Razar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 10:31:27 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday I watched the President of the United States once again disgrace his office with a partisan speech disguised as a news conference, attacking the Republican Party even as his minions are negotiating with it. Supposedly, some of the issues have been resolved---badly in my view--- but that is not my point in this note. Every progressive voice, every elected official, every pundit, every faux journalist has adopted this arrogant tone. "Elections have consequences", they crow. That´s right. Even with less than 51% of the popular vote, their opinion

60 crushed to death in Ivory
Coast stampede, minister says
CNN, by Stephanie Halasz and Laura Smith-Spa    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2013 10:30:05 AM     Post Reply
A New Year´s Eve fireworks display in Ivory Coast turned from celebration to tragedy early Tuesday when more than 60 people were crushed to death in a stampede, officials said. Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said another 40 people were injured, two of them seriously. Earlier, state media reports suggested that between 100 and 200 people had been hurt. The 60 dead included 26 children, 28 women and six men, said Minister of Youth Alain Lobognon, via his official Twitter feed, after visiting the hospital morgue where the bodies were taken. The official AIP news agency earlier said

All-volunteer military may
desensitize U.S. to war, some fear
McClatchy Newspapers, by Matthew Schofield    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2013 9:47:04 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Before a roadside bomb in Baghdad burned and tore apart Jerry Majetich, before 62 operations put him back together, even before he volunteered for the Marines, then the Army, there were five older brothers who’d enlisted and a mother who’d served as an Army nurse in Korea. (Snip) Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, has spent decades voicing such fears. He’s one of the few politicians around who still yearn for a draft. “Now, we’re never going to get the draft back,” he said. “But I really believe the greatest risk isn’t to the military



Rubio Slams Deal: ‘I
Just Couldn’t Vote for It’
National Review Online, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 9:39:23 AM     Post Reply
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says the Senate’s fiscal-cliff compromise, which passed the upper chamber early Tuesday, was a political mistake. “I just couldn’t vote for it,” Rubio told reporters. “I ran, just two years ago, on the idea that I wanted to be part of solving the long-term problems this country faces. Time and again, we’re given choices here that don’t involve that.” “The real fiscal cliff is still there,” he said. “We’ll be back here again. In March, we’ll have a showdown like this all over again.”

Monumental deceit: How our politicians
have lied and lied about the true pur-
pose of the European behemoth
Daily Mail [UK], by Chrstopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/1/2013 9:19:57 AM     Post Reply
Forty years ago today, in what was arguably the most fateful political move ever made by a British Prime Minister, Edward Heath took us into what was then called the ‘Common Market’. Such a step had scarcely been mentioned at the previous General Election, and the British people had very little idea of what they were letting themselves in for, other than a trading arrangement that might make it easier for us to sell our goods to our Continental neighbours.[Snip]We have seen that supposedly cosy club we joined transformed, step by step, into a vast, bloated bureaucratic empire, imposing its

New Year´s Thoughts from
Our House to Yours
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/1/2013 9:18:48 AM     Post Reply
A lot of people are looking at 2013 and feeling pessimistic. That´s silly, of course. Sure, The Incompetents got reelected. The economy still sucks. It´s likely to get worse because Barack Hussein Obama doesn´t have a clue about capitalism, doesn´t want to and is focused on transforming the America he didn´t grow up in. He´ll be out campaigning and speechifying on something else divisive any day now.

Shell drilling rig grounds off
Kodiak Island after towlines
fail for 5th time
Anchorage Daily News, by Lisa Demer    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 1/1/2013 8:29:27 AM     Post Reply
Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig, re-secured to two vessels with towlines early Monday, grounded around 9 p.m. in rocky water off the southern coast of Kodiak Island during a pounding Gulf of Alaska winter storm, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A command team that includes Shell briefed reporters on the disaster with the Kulluk late Monday night. It broke loose from a Shell-contracted ship, the Aiviq, around 4:40 p.m. Monday. Then around 8:15 p.m., with the grounding imminent, the second tow boat, a borrowed tug named the Alert, was directed to lose



The Fiscal Cliff Deal´s Biggest
Winner May Be George W. Bush
The New Republic, by Jonathan Cohn    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 1/1/2013 8:24:15 AM     Post Reply
First things first. At 12:00:00 a.m., we go over the fiscal cliff. And at 12:00:01 a.m., most Americans will be talking about the new year, not the new fiscal regime. That´s entirely appropriate. In theory, midnight will usher in huge policy shifts: The tax code will return to what it was in the Clinton era, while a series of automatic spending cuts will begin to take effect. (snip) It’s as if President George W. Bush finally won—the tax cuts he’d always wanted would be staying on the books indefinitely, "starving the [government] beast" of the resources it needs to survive.

Low wages, incompetent managers and
what you have to do to become full-time:
Confessions of an ex-Best Buy
Geek Squad agent
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/1/2013 8:18:49 AM     Post Reply
He took the job to become a tech support guru, but what he got in return were nothing but headaches. A jaded former Best Buy employee crafted a 1,100-word blog post shortly after quitting--and dishing the dirt on the electronics giant. In a piece posted to the Tape Noise Diary blog on Sunday, user JayCruz writes that he had high hopes after scoring a job with the Geek Squad in 2009 after attending technical school. [Snip] But it wasn´t long before he realized that his job involved more retail-related tasks and less IT problem solving.

Clinton Injured, US Navy Seal Killed
In Secret US Mission To Iran
EU Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LComStaff- 1/1/2013 8:11:58 AM     Post Reply
A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [photo 2nd right] was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly 3 weeks ago in the Iranian city of Ahvaz near the Iraqi border.Iranian intelligence agents quoted in this GRU report confirm that the C-12 Huron aircraft is still in their possession in Ahvaz, but will only admit that the plane was “forced to land because of technical problems”.

Plot to make Britain
second-class EU state
Daily Express [UK], by Alison Little    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/1/2013 8:01:32 AM     Post Reply
Britain could become a “second-class” EU country under a radical plan being drawn up by top Eurocrats, it emerged yesterday. The move to make the UK an “associate member” of the EU is the brainchild of a group of pro-integration MEPs. Eurosceptics cautiously welcomed the move as evidence Britain could forge a new relationship with Brussels and as a sign that pro-Europe hardliners have finally given up trying to draw us into ever closer integration. But there were fears it could mean the worst of both worlds--with Britain still bound by EU rules but having far less influence. The Daily

Republicans Deserved to Lose
National Review Online, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 1/1/2013 7:31:53 AM     Post Reply
The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back — and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens


The Socialist Mind Game:
A Brief Manual
AmericanThinker.com, by Oleg Atbashian    Original Article
Posted By: javaboy- 1/1/2013 7:11:23 AM     Post Reply
We are being played; it´s time we learned the game. Conservatives have their Constitution. Progressives have their Narrative. The current battle for America is between these two concepts, and each side uses different rules to fight it. One set of rules is consistent with an unchanging objective: limited government and individual freedoms. The other side´s rules are as fickle as their goals, which are never fully disclosed beyond the equivocal references to fairness and hyphenated forms of justice.

The eight senators who voted ´no´
Politico, by Kate Nocera    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 7:08:41 AM     Post Reply
Here are the eight U.S. senators who voted against the bipartisan fiscal cliff deal reached by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) Sen. Tom Carper (D-Md.) Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

Senate fiscal proposal:
$620B in tax hikes,
$15B in spending cuts
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 7:03:56 AM     Post Reply
While senators were aiming for an early morning vote on their in-the-works fiscal deal, calculations from congressional number-crunchers quickly raised questions about how House Republicans would take it. In short, according to rough calculations forwarded by a source close to the talks, the proposal would include $620 billion in new tax hikes and $15 billion in net spending cuts. That kind of lopsided ratio could turn off House conservatives, presuming the bill clears the Senate. One Republican predicted House leaders may only be able to attract 70 Republicans in the chamber.

Report: Israeli Doctors Treat
Obama´s Grandmother
Breitbart Big Peace, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 6:56:42 AM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama´s step-grandmother, Sarah Onyango Obama, received emergency eye surgery from Israeli doctors in an Israeli-run hospital in Equatorial Guinea last week, the Times of Israel reports. Sarah Onyango Obama is the third wife of Hussein Onyango Obama, President Obama´s grandfather. She is apparently the source for much of what President Obama knows about his family in Kenya, and is one of the most important sources of family lore cited by Obama in his first memoir, Dreams from my Father. Mrs. Obama was transported from her rural village of Nyang’oma Kogelo in western Kenya to the hospital

Missing Breitbart
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/1/2013 5:20:59 AM     Post Reply
Just before Christmas, after only being able to watch it in bits and pieces during October and November, I finally had the chance to take in the documentary film Hating Breitbart in one sitting. What prompted me to do so was some unfortunate news, namely a lawsuit filed by the immensely talented Dana Loesch signifying that the late Andrew Breitbart’s nascent publishing empire may be imploding. (Snip) While viewing the film, I could not help but wonder whether November’s presidential election might have turned out differently if Andrew had not died on March 1.

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