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Stark Evidence of US,
British Naval Decline
American Thinker, by James G. Wiles    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/6/2013 12:33:18 PM     Post Reply
Is it actually possible that, as you read this, the United States Navy has only one supercarrier battle group at sea? Read on - and be amazed. Look no farther than these two news items, both from today´s Sunday Times of London, to see the effect of two decades of shrinkage in the size of the United States Navy and the retreat of the Royal Navy from the high seas

Vitriol Over Falklands
Resurfaces, as Do Old Arguments
New York Times, by John F. Burns    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2013 12:09:23 PM     Post Reply
LONDON — They have barely 3,000 inhabitants and far more sheep than people. They are more than 8,700 miles from London. For much of the year, they are bitterly cold and wind-swept, with only open sea and ice between them and Antarctica. President Ronald Reagan, who tussled with Margaret Thatcher over them as he rarely did on any other issue that engaged the two leaders, described them once as “that little ice-cold bunch of land down there.” But the Falkland Islands, the focus of a short war between Britain and Argentina in 1982

Violent demonstrations injure
dozens of police in Northern Ireland
CNN, by Peter Taggart    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2013 12:02:03 PM     Post Reply
Belfast, Northern Ireland -- Petrol bombs, smoke canisters and hurled bricks have injured dozens of police during weeks of violence in Northern Ireland, officials said Sunday. At least 52 officers have been wounded since pro-British protests erupted in the Northern Ireland city of Belfast last month, police said. Authorities have arrested 70 people in connection with the violence. Tensions have been high since City Council members there voted a month ago to stop flying the Union Jack flag year-round, restricting it instead to certain days. Politicians, clergy and community leaders were meeting Sunday



Scaled-Back Inauguration
Loses its Appeal
- Thread Closed
Wall Street Journal, by Elizabeth Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/6/2013 11:56:46 AM     Post Reply
Washington--President Barack Obama´s public swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21 is prompting a different kind of oath within the capital´s tourism industry, as the prospect of disappointing attendance threatens to dent spending on all manner of travel goods and services, from luxury hotel suites to servings of the president´s favorite chili. Mr. Obama´s 2009 inauguration drew an estimated 1.8 million people to Washington, more than any other gathering on the National Mall, according to officials at Destination D.C., the city´s main tourism and convention marketer.

President Nixon gets the
star treatment
Los Angeles Times, by Jean Merl    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2013 11:22:11 AM     Post Reply
Paul J. Carter was 9 when Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974, watching the televised speech with his dad, a loyal Republican who had come home from work early for the event. "I … didn´t grasp the magnitude of it," said Carter, now 47 and a lawyer in Long Beach. Nearly four decades later, the boy´s puzzlement over the nation´s 37th president had evolved into a grown-up project, "Native Son Richard Nixon´s Southern California: My Life on a Map!" Made like a guide to Hollywood stars´ homes, the fold-out map is an illustrated romp through the life

Death of Hugo Chavez could
set off shock waves across region
Telegraph [U.K.], by Philip Sherwell    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/6/2013 11:19:48 AM     Post Reply
The orchestra played and loyal lawmakers erupted in adulatory applause as Hugo Chavez invoked Fidel Castro and Jesus Christ as his revolutionary role models. His right hand raised, the fiery Venezuelan leader echoed the famous call to arms of his Cuban mentor. "Fatherland, socialism or death," he proclaimed, then added with a typical flourish: "I swear by Christ, the greatest socialist in history." That was six years ago as "El Commandante" was sworn in for his third term as president and blew kisses to rose petal-tossing crowds

The Surreal World: Capitol Hill
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2013 11:10:28 AM     Post Reply
IT was hard not to feel sorry for John Boehner, wounded, weepy, mercilessly flogged by Chris Christie. The miserable-looking Boehner was even scaring small children. After squeaking out re-election as House speaker when crazed conservatives rebelled on Thursday, Boehner summoned gruff bonhomie as he presided at a ceremonial swearing-in for House members. But some of the kids posing for pictures seemed a little alarmed at Boehner’s awkward pats, brusque small talk and barked orders when someone posed the wrong way.



Cruz On Debt Ceiling:
Obama Trying To Scare People
With Financial Apocalypse
Breitbart News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2013 10:57:05 AM     Post Reply
[Video] Let me be clear, I do not support default on the debt and we should never default on the debt and the only players who are threatening to default are President Obama and Harry Reid. This is an issue, and earlier in the show you played the President threatening default. In any given month tax revenue are 200 billion and interest is 30 or 40 billion. There is it plenty of revenue to service the debt and any responsible President would´ve stood at that podium and said ´whatever happens with the debt ceiling, we will always pay our debt.

Obama Using Gun Control to
Distract from Financial Crisis
Breitbart Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2013 10:49:59 AM     Post Reply
As our national debt continues to soar, taxes to rise, and the overall economy to tank, President Obama is talking about...gun control. He is doing this so he can seize on the emotions of those who operate emotionally rather than rationally, thereby diverting their attention from the real crisis our nation faces right now -- which is financial in nature. We are still headed toward the fiscal cliff we narrowly missed days ago: our rendezvous with it was only pushed back a few months. Yet the focus coming out of the White House is on

A recipe for activism
against efforts at gun control
American Thinker, by Lee DeCovnick    Original Article
Posted By: Da Bear- 1/6/2013 10:44:23 AM     Post Reply
"Obama Plans Broad Gun Control" screamed the Drudge Report headline. So what actions can a responsible gun owner take to stop this legislative insanity? There are, of course, the accepted channels of communications: email and phone calls to your two Senators and the Representative from your Congressional district. Having once worked as an idealistic political intern in a legislative office, I was flabbergasted at the utter contempt that the staff and "my" legislator held for the ordinary voters of the district. Respect was only paid to the large financial donors and their minions.

Benghazi – During Attack Denis
McDonough and Tom Donilon Replace
President Obama and VP Biden…
The Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/6/2013 10:15:40 AM     Post Reply
Two days ago we posted a discussion around a newly released photo from the White House. The picture was taken in the oval office on Sept 11th 2012: (Snip) The picture was taken at exactly 7:28:16pm DC time. It was dusk outside, and President Obama had just completed a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why is this important? Because we know the conversation lasted an hour. (Snip) So this phone call between Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama started three hours after the attack began.



Welfare recipients take out cash at
strip clubs,liquor stores and X-rated shops
New York Post, by KATE BRIQUELET    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/6/2013 9:34:48 AM     Post Reply
They’re on the dole — and watching the pole. Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found. A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs

Syria’s Assad is defiant in rare speech
Washington Post, by Liz Sly    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/6/2013 9:21:27 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — In a rare public appearance on Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al Assad pledged to intensify his war against the “terrorists” challenging his rule even as he proposed a package of reforms aimed at ending the bloodshed engulfing Syria. Appearing weary but defiant as he addressed cheering supporters at the Opera House in downtown Damascus, Assad outlined suggestions for what he called a period of “transition”, in which a new government would be formed, a “national pact” would be drafted, and a referendum would be held.

Nancy Pelosi´s photo trickery
enhances her caucus
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/6/2013 9:17:46 AM     Post Reply
You know how it is when you plan a group photo of any kind, especially a large group. Not just families. There´s always someone moving or blinking or mugging or clowning with two fingers sticking up behind another´s head. Or, worst of all, there´s always someone late. {Snip] Well, that´s just what happened when Nancy Pelosi organized the new women´s Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives.

Pakistani soldier killed in gunfight with
Indian troops in disputed Kashmir
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:56:39 AM     Post Reply
A Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured in a gunfight between Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir on Sunday, a disputed incident that could heighten tensions between the nuclear neighbours after a period of rapprochement. The Pakistani army said Indian troops had raided their Sawan Patra checkpost in Kashmir, a hotly contested area both countries claim as their own. The Indian military denied its soldiers had attacked a Pakistani position. "Pakistan army troops effectively responded and repulsed the attack," a Pakistani army spokesman said in a statement. The two sides then exchanged fire across the Line of Control, an



Loyal dog rescued owner from
deadly house fire by leading a
man to her nearly unconscious
body trapped inside
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:47:04 AM     Post Reply
A Maryland woman survived a massive house fire thanks to her dog, who helped a stranger find her nearly unconscious body trapped inside the burning home before she succumbed to the flames. Two retired firefighters, Billy Mills and Hugh Owens, happened to be in the Bowie neighborhood where the fire started Friday morning and arrived on the scene ahead of fire crews. As Mills ran around the back of the yard to check for an entrance to the house, he was met by Pumpkin, a black Labrador Retriever mix. ´He came up to me and started jumping on me,´

Study shows college students think they´re
more special than ever...even those that
can´t read or write and barely study
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:29:19 AM     Post Reply
Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror. Young people´s unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966. Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years. Pyschologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there´s been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being

Stafford Hospital scandal:
the scandal that
shamed the NHS
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:01:54 AM     Post Reply
It was the scandal that shamed the NHS. Hundreds of hospital patients died needlessly. In the wards, people lay starving, thirsty and in soiled bedclothes, buzzers droning hopelessly as their cries for help went ignored. Some received the wrong medication; some, none at all.[Snip] Decisions about which patients to treat were left to receptionists, inexperienced junior doctors put in charge of critically-ill patients, and nurses switched off equipment because they did not know how to use it. Desperate relatives told the inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, how patients were left so dehydrated that some began drinking from flower vases

Boehner, American Hero
New York Times, by ROSS DOUTHAT    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/6/2013 7:58:25 AM     Post Reply
Here are a few things that happened to John Boehner, ostensibly one of the most powerful men in Washington, during the past two weeks. First his own backbenchers blew up his attempt at a fiscal cliff negotiating maneuver. Then he had to step back and let Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell hammer out the details of the fiscal cliff deal, which he then had to shepherd through his own legislative body with more Democratic than Republican votes.

Patient care must be
the primary target
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 7:58:14 AM     Post Reply
Sensible goals are helpful, but they become a menace when meeting them is treated as the only criterion of success. The neglect, cruelty and incompetence that characterised the way that so many patients at Stafford hospital were treated by its staff has been catalogued by Robert Francis’s inquiry, as we report today. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is correct when he states that what happened in that hospital was “simply not worthy of a civilised country”. The inquiry shows that the dismal, indeed lethal, performance was in large part a consequence of the way the Mid Staffordshire NHS


The Democrats´ War on
Science Aids Our Enemies
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 1/6/2013 7:52:24 AM     Post Reply
It´s an article of faith among Democrats, crystallized in the book The Republican War on Science, that Republicans are unscientific boobs stupidly opposing such established verities as anthropogenic global warming promoted by those better educated in the mysteries of science (i.e., Democrats). Of course this is nonsense, and this week´s events prove that it´s the Democrats and their appeals to low-information voters (including celebrity and big time coastal donors) that constitutes the real war on science to the detriment of all of us.

Why Notre Dame
Is Back on Top
Wall Street Journal, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 1/6/2013 7:41:44 AM     Post Reply
The first time I met Lou Holtz was three years ago at a Republican policy retreat—he´s a friend of House Speaker John Boehner. At the time, Notre Dame was a mediocre football team following a string of disappointing seasons. Yet here was a former coach of the team—when it had last been a national power, from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s—predicting a return to the glory days from a newly hired coach. Brian Kelly "will have Notre Dame back in the national championship game," Mr. Holtz said. "The man is a winner."

General Details Pentagon Tensions
With Obama on Afghanistan
New York Times, by Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/6/2013 7:19:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In a memoir, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the former American commander in Afghanistan, writes that tensions between the White House and the Pentagon were evident in the Obama administration from its opening months in office.The beginning of President Obama’s first term “saw the emergence of an unfortunate deficit of trust between the White House and the Department of Defense, largely arising from the decision-making process on Afghanistan,” General McChrystal writes. “The effects were costly.”

David Cameron: we would
fight a Falklands invasion
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 7:08:12 AM     Post Reply
Speaking on the BBC´s Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister said troops would be deployed in the event of another attempt by Buenos Aires to re-take the islands. He made the UK´s "extremely strong" position clear after Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the Argentine president, renewed her accusations that the islands were stolen by Britain.[Snip] Her position has hardened since last year´s 10 year anniversary of the Falklands War and the discovery of potential oil resources off the coast of the islands. Mr Cameron this morning said he would fight to keep the Falklands in the same way Margaret Thatcher

Don´t Burn Your Books—
Print Is Here to Stay
Wall Street Journal, by Nicholas Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 6:10:30 AM     Post Reply
Lovers of ink and paper, take heart. Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated. Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone.

Newt vs. Newt
Townhall, by Steve Deace    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/6/2013 6:01:33 AM     Post Reply
This time I should’ve been the one listening. But listening can be tough sometimes when you’re an analyst and a commentator, and people around the country – listeners, readers, media, candidates, causes, businesses, etc. – come to you to find out why things are happening and what may happen next. (Snip)However, there’s a reason I have often compared Gingrich to King David in the Bible, beyond the marriage infidelity both have in common. Both were also extraordinarily God-gifted leaders whose legacies were tarnished by their slack of self-discipline. Both were often at their best when pursuing power

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