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Court: Stormwater runoff not a
pollutant, EPA can’t regulate it
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 6:14:27 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority by trying to regulate water as a pollutant and restricting stormwater flow into a Fairfax County creek. “Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it,” said federal judge Liam O’Grady, who sided with the county and Virginia in the ruling. In July, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Democratic-led Fairfax County Board of Supervisors filed a lawsuit against the EPA. The agency proposed a plan that required the county to control the flow of water

Netanyahu’s Problem: He Can’t Lose
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 6:06:48 AM     Post Reply
There’s a lot about this month’s election in Israel that is yet to be decided, as the polls indicating the number of Knesset seats the parties will win have fluctuated from day to day. However, the big question as far as the rest of the world is concerned—the identity of the country’s next prime minister—is the one thing that isn’t in any doubt. Current PM Benjamin Netanyahu is certain to form the next government of Israel with his Likud party having the most seats of any in the Knesset.

The Whole World Will Be
Watching Today´s Jobs Report —
Here´s What You Need To Know
Business Insider, by Matthew Boesler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2013 5:58:28 AM     Post Reply
Due out this morning at 8:30 AM ET is the December nonfarm payrolls report from the BLS, and the release of the FOMC minutes Thursday afternoon from the Federal Reserve´s latest policy meeting just made it a lot more interesting. The Fed recently announced that it would tie its interest rate policy guidance to a 6.5 percent unemployment rate threshold – meaning unemployment data has taken on special significance for markets. Thursday´s FOMC minutes release revealed, however, that the Fed is already discussing scaling back or ending quantitative easing as soon as later this year,

  


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There´s No ´I´ in ´Kumbaya´
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 5:49:16 AM     Post Reply
We´re all talking about Republicans on the Hill and their manifold failures. So here are some things President Obama didn´t do during the fiscal cliff impasse and some conjecture as to why. He won but he did not triumph. His victory didn´t resolve or ease anything and heralds nothing but more congressional war to come. He did not unveil, argue for or put on the table the outlines of a grand bargain. That is, he put no force behind solutions to the actual crisis facing our country, which is the hemorrhagic spending that threatens our future. Progress there—

Qualified defense secretary
candidates abound
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 5:34:15 AM     Post Reply
In addition to Chuck Hagel’s noxious comments on Jews, his policy differences with the president, his anti-gay rhetoric and his lack of executive experience, there is another very good reason for dumping him: There are much better candidates whom the president could select. Ash Carter is the deputy defense secretary for acquisition, which is a hot spot in any effort to reform and tighten Pentagon spending, something the president is plainly bent on doing. Unlike Hagel, he has years of Pentagon, executive experience. Moreover, he has been clear-eyed on threats from rogue nations like North Korea.

Terror TV Pays Al Gore $100
Million for U.S. Media Access
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/4/2013 5:30:00 AM     Post Reply
Al-Jazeera, once considered the voice of Osama bin-Laden and known for anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric, has announced the purchase of Al Gore’s low-rated cable channel, Current TV, in a transparent attempt to buy access to the U.S. media market for operatives of the pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. Gore has reportedly made $100 million from the $500 million deal. The Arab government-funded TV channel, labeled “Jihad TV” by Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, says the purpose of the unprecedented acquisition of Current TV is to create a channel called “Al-Jazeera America”

Joe Biden Gets Frisky
with Senator´s Wife
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/4/2013 5:27:47 AM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden got a little frisky with the wife of Senator Angus King at today´s ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol: (Snip for video) Biden´s hand remains on King´s wife, Mary Herman, for at least 20 seconds, moving down her back and to the side of her chest. The vice president has been in the Capitol today welcoming in the new Congress.

  


  

President Obama, Immigration Czar
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Today, a new Congress is being sworn in. Sometimes, though, one wonders what is the point of it all. Per the Santa Cruz Sentinel: A new immigration policy will make it easier for hundreds of Central Coast families to stay together while spouses and children work to obtain green cards. The policy, announced Wednesday by the Obama administration and effective March 4, allows immigrants who entered the country illegally to remain in the United States during a waiver process that typically takes up to a year to complete.

Conservatives gone wild
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 5:15:49 AM     Post Reply
The most passionately anti-Obama Republican politicians and activists consider themselves the truest and purest of conservatives, and often unleash their scorn and fury on others who also call themselves conservative but differ on strategy and tactics. But in the realm of philosophy, “conservatism” from Thomas Hobbes onward is a worldview dedicated to order and tradition and the proposition that disorder is dangerous and deadly. Thus, it is the opposite of “conservative” to embrace chaos instead of order. It is the opposite of “conservative” to embrace crisis rather than accept unpleasant realities.

FBI: More People Killed with Hammers,
Clubs Each Year than Rifles
Breitbart, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2013 5:09:23 AM     Post Reply
According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle. This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats´ feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course. However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle.

America´s Real Criminal Element: Lead
Mother Jones, by Kevin Drum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 5:05:26 AM     Post Reply
When Rudy Giuliani ran for mayor of New York City in 1993, he campaigned on a platform of bringing down crime and making the city safe again. It was a comfortable position for a former federal prosecutor with a tough-guy image, but it was more than mere posturing. Since 1960, rape rates had nearly quadrupled, murder had quintupled, and robbery had grown fourteenfold. New Yorkers felt like they lived in a city under siege. Throughout the campaign, Giuliani embraced a theory of crime fighting called "broken windows," popularized a decade earlier by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling

  


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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s
Shameful Lawsuit Over Penn State
Daily Beast, by Buzz Bissinger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 5:00:09 AM     Post Reply
I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to equal the moral disgrace of now-deceased Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and former top administrators in their handling of the horror reign of predatory animal Jerry Sandusky. I didn’t think it was possible to perhaps even exceed the moral disgrace of these men who obfuscated and ignored in the name of inaction while one of the university’s very own fed his habits with impunity and prowled and then pounced into the hearts and minds and bodies of young children with dozens upon dozens of sex acts

A Subway Murder and the
‘Islamophobia’ Industry
PJ Media, by Robert Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 4:51:47 AM     Post Reply
Last Saturday, a deranged woman pushed a man in front of a subway train in New York and killed him, explaining that she did it because of her anger with Muslims ever since 9/11. Immediately, leftist and Islamic-supremacist writers swung into action to blame the murder on what they called an “Islamophobia industry,” despite the killer’s obvious insanity and history of violent attacks on random people. The attacks revealed much about the use of the term “Islamophobia” as a propaganda tool designed to shut down thinking.One written by Haroon Moghul, “a Fellow at the New America Foundation

The Next Chernobyl?
New York Times, by Khosrow B. Semnani & Gary M. Sandquist    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 4:44:38 AM     Post Reply
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The showdown over Iran’s nuclear program is likely to accelerate in 2013 as sanctions tighten, Israel threatens military strikes, and the centrifuges keep spinning. While most attention will be focused on the two most oft-discussed sites of uranium enrichment — Natanz and Fordow — a third site on the gulf could prove to be this year’s most dangerous nuclear wild card. Tucked between two sleepy coastal fishing villages, the Bushehr nuclear power plant has long been seen as the “acceptable” face of Iran’s nuclear program. Built by Russian engineers

Sen. Tim Scott inspires Stall High
School students who tuned in as
alum takes oath as U.S. senator
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Robert Behre    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2013 4:43:07 AM     Post Reply
Less than an hour before he was sworn in as only the seventh black U.S. senator in history, Tim Scott learned that students at his alma mater, Stall High School in North Charleston, would be watching live. For the first time during his sudden and dramatic political ascent, Scott got tears in his eyes. “I remember how far it seems that I’ve come with the help of so many people who cared,” he said later. “I thought specifically of Karen Cabe, who was my government teacher at Stall. She just loved me.”

  


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Last of the 39ers: Great Escape
hero who was shot down at the
start of the war dies aged 98
Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2013 4:21:51 AM     Post Reply
They were the unseen heroes of the Second World War--the men who risked their lives to help others escape from German prisoner of war camps. And none did it for longer than Alfie ‘Bill’ Fripp, an RAF navigator shot down in the first weeks of battle to become a veteran of 12 different camps across Nazi-occupied Europe. His job was to make sure secret consignments of equipment vital for escape were smuggled in under the noses of German guards. Thus, you could often find Alfie starting a heated argument or engineering some administrative catastrophe to create the distraction

Venezuelan politicians demand ´the whole
truth´ over condition of President
Hugo Chavez after rumours
circulate that he has died
Daily Mail [UK], by Anthony Bond    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2013 4:00:57 AM     Post Reply
Venezuela´s opposition has demanded the government tell ´the whole truth´ about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a gruelling operation in Cuba. Officials have acknowledged the usually garrulous former soldier´s health is delicate after his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, but they have offered scant details on his condition despite rumours that he has died. Ramon Aveledo, head of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition, slammed the government for not keeping its word about keeping Venezuelans properly informed. ´The official version (of Chavez´s health) hides more information than

More U.S. soldiers on active duty
committed suicide than died
in combat last year, shock-
ing new figures reveal
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2013 3:52:42 AM     Post Reply
More American soldiers on active duty committed suicide than were killed in combat last year, with the suicide rate rising by nine per cent over the last three years. 177 soldiers on active duty killed themselves in 2012--almost one suicide every other day--compared to 176 killed in action. Department for Defense figures show in 2011 165 active soldiers committed suicide and 156 killed themselves in 2010.[Snip]In 2012 there have been 126 suicides reserve members of the army--an increase from 118 in 2011, official figures show. It means 303, in total, died as a result of suicide--almost one soldier a day.

No lawyers will represent India
´gang-rape´ defendants on
"moral grounds"
Mirror [U.K.], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/4/2013 2:21:47 AM     Post Reply
Five men were today charged with the gang rape and murder of a student in India but the suspects have no legal representation because lawyers are refusing to defend them. Amid furious mass protests after the attack on a bus, the Delhi Bar Association said that on “moral grounds” none of its members would act for the accused men. The suspects were hooded and handcuffed by police today but did not appear in court because of fears that angry mobs would try to exact revenge. Bus driver Ram Singh, 33; his brother Mukesh, 26, who is a bus cleaner; 19-year-old fruit seller

Women Strip and Beat Politician
Accused of Rape in Northeast
India
New York Times, by Anjani Trivedi    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/4/2013 1:50:21 AM     Post Reply
As India awaits sentencing of the men who gang-raped a young woman in Delhi, a politician was arrested on rape charges in the northeastern state of Assam, then stripped and beaten by a crowd. Bikram Singh Brahma, a member of the Congress Party in Assam and president of a district Congress committee in the state, was arrested Thursday in the rape of a woman in Chirang, according to police officials. “A case has been registered against him under I.P.C. 376 by the lady’s husband,” G. P. Singh, the zonal inspector general of police, said in a telephone interview,

  



Hugo Chavez Squandered The
Greatest Oil Rally In History
Business Insider, by Rob Wile    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/4/2013 1:38:31 AM     Post Reply
As Hugo Chavez´s reign in Venezuela appears to come to an end, oil markets guru Stephen Schork says the 13-year president deprived his country the fruits of the insane oil price surge that´s occurred since he came to power. "Chavez’s march down the road to serfdom squandered the greatest oil rally in history," he writes. It all goes back to 2002, when a national strike led by the PdVSA — the country´s state oil company, which had been an anti-Chavez entity — caused production to drop from just below 3.0 MMb/d to just above 0.6 MMb/d.

Boehner returns as
speaker by three votes
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/3/2013 11:38:35 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John A. Boehner narrowly survived his re-election battle on Thursday as the 113th Congress convened at the Capitol amid calls for cooperation on the same issues that left lawmakers gridlocked over the past two years. In the Senate, the two top leaders have at least for the time being averted a potentially disastrous fight over filibuster rules, and the inspiring return of Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, from a yearlong recovery from a stroke left the upper chamber awash in optimism. In the House, Republicans and Democrats issued a call

Al-Jazeera hopes Current TV
purchase will give it
access to more American homes
Washington Post, by Paul Farhi    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/3/2013 11:32:41 PM     Post Reply
Since its launch in 2006, al-Jazeera TV’s English-language news channel has racked up prestigious journalism awards for its reporting on international issues, including the Arab Spring uprisings. The problem: Hardly anyone sees al-Jazeera English (AJE) because few cable TV operators carry it. On Wednesday, al-Jazeera’s owner — the emir of the oil- and natural gas-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar — sought to change that. Al-Jazeera will pay an undisclosed sum — unconfirmed reports said $500?million — for Current TV, the little-watched but widely distributed cable network co-founded by former vice president Al Gore

White House pushes forward
on immigration ahead of
bigger reform fight
Washington Post, by David Nakamura and Tara Bahrampour    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/3/2013 11:28:56 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s decision this week to ease visa requirements for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants represents its latest move to reshape immigration through executive action, even as the White House gears up for an uncertain political fight over a far-more-sweeping legislative package in the months ahead. Immigration advocates on Thursday hailed a rule change at the Department of Homeland Security that would make it easier for many undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States as they seek permanent residency

N.J. budget shortfall
grows to $705 billion
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by John Reitmeyer    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/3/2013 11:09:59 PM     Post Reply
Halfway through the fiscal year, Governor Christie’s budget is $705 million short of revenue projections, with more than a dozen income sources trailing his growth estimates. The shortfall puts his proposed income tax cut in jeopardy. Also in potential trouble are millions in state spending now earmarked for property tax relief and for a payment to the public employee pension fund. And the budget problems could also hamper the state’s ability to provide financial help to towns hit by superstorm Sandy.(Snip) Christie signed a $31.7 billion budget in June that projected an 8 percent growth in the economy, a financial

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