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Can’t we aim higher
than ‘Honey Boo Boo’?
Washington Post, by Kathleen Parker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:00:55 AM     Post Reply
No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo. Even though I’ve made reference to the show featuring a former beauty tot, now 7, and her family, I’d never actually watched a full episode. I still haven’t, but I watched enough to need a jaw adjustment. Alas, a few minutes with “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” confirms that even mindlessness has its limits. It gives me no pleasure to add to the ridicule of Honey, whose real name is Alana, or her family.

128 million Americans are now on
government programmes. Can
America survive as the
world’s superpower?
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 4:54:54 AM     Post Reply
I have just read a staggering report written by my colleagues Patrick D. Tyrell and William W. Beach for the Heritage Foundation´s Center for Data Analysis (I direct the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at Heritage.)[Snip] Ironically, Britain, through the tremendous determination of Iain Duncan Smith and his team at the Department of Work and Pensions, is starting to roll back the welfare state, precisely at the same time the current US administration is expanding it. The United States isn’t just gliding towards a continental European-style future of vast welfare systems, economic decline, and massive debts--it is accelerating towards it

Connecticut senator wants background
checks for ammunition buyers
CNN, by Carol Cratty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2013 4:45:07 AM     Post Reply
Washington - In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, one of the state´s senators announced Tuesday he will introduce legislation requiring background checks to buy ammunition. "Ammunition is now the black hole in gun violence prevention," Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. Blumenthal said it is illegal to sell either guns or ammunition to certain groups of people including felons, the mentally ill and those who commit domestic violence. But under current law someone can buy bullets from a gun store without any review of the person´s background.

  


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The ASPCA Pays Price For Bad-Faith
Ringling Brothers Elephant Suit
Daily Beast, by Paul Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2013 4:37:12 AM     Post Reply
Who hasn’t seen the television commercials for animal groups? With heart-touching music playing behind a montage of sad-looking dogs and cats, an announcer pleads for contributions to “save” the animals. No organization runs more of these highly effective ads than the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many contributors agree to donate $18 a month, helping the ASPCA to bring in $111.3 million for the year ending June 2010. As 2012 came to an end, however, what the ASPCA did not advertise was the fact that, on December 26, $9.3 million in contributions

Rahm Emanuel Out of Excuses
for Chicago’s Murder Rate
PJ Media, by Rich Baehr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 4:23:46 AM     Post Reply
Since Rahm Emanuel won a landslide victory to become mayor of Chicago in 2011, he has touted the city as “world class.” Chicago is America’s third-largest city, and is one of its three largest convention cities. It has the nation’s second busiest airport. It has highly rated cultural offerings: the Chicago Symphony, a vibrant local theater industry, great museums. But in one area Chicago has clearly staked its claim to number one. In 2012, Chicago recorded 505 murders. That may not sound all that bad, since in some years in the past two decades

We Are the 98 Percent
American Enterprise, by Cliff Asness    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 4:16:18 AM     Post Reply
The only way to finance a big European-style state is to have it paid for by massive taxation of everyone, mostly the middle class. Right now, we are avoiding honest debate on this fact. The central issue of our time is the debate over the size and scope of government. Two unpleasant but undeniable mathematical truths limit the feasible policy choices. The recent sound and fury of the fiscal cliff follies in the end signified nothing because the resolution was in fact just a denial of both truths. The first truth is that the current tax rates

The Perils of Being Aloof
National Journal, by Ron Fornier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 4:09:58 AM     Post Reply
There is a delicious scene in the movie Lincoln in which the first couple discuss an upcoming dinner party at the White House. Mary Todd Lincoln can´t figure out why her husband, a famed loner who openly loathes Washington society, invited rival Democrats and radical Republicans to his home. Suddenly, it dawns on her: the 13th Amendment! Abraham is going to try to wipe slavery from the U.S. Constitution, Mrs. Lincoln concludes with an accusatory glare, and he´s going to start by schmoozing key lawmakers! It´s a lesson Barack Obama could learn from history.

  


  

Wife of Poisoned Chicago Lottery Winner Urooj
Khan: ´I Want the Truth to Come Out´
ABC News, by Cameron Brock, Susanna Kim*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 4:05:27 AM     Post Reply
The wife of a $1 million Chicago lottery winner who died of cyanide poisoning told ABC News that she was shocked to learn the true cause of his death and is cooperating with an ongoing homicide investigation. "I want the truth to come out in the investigation, the sooner the better," said Shabana Ansari, 32, the wife of Urooj Khan, 46. "Who could be that person who hurt him? "It has been incredibly hard time," she added. "We went from being the happiest the day we got the check. It was the best sleep I´ve had.

Va. governor considers doing
away with state gas tax
The Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/9/2013 2:14:39 AM     Post Reply
Virginia could become the first state to eliminate its gasoline tax if the state legislature votes to adopt Gov. Bob McDonnell’s alternative plan, which calls for raising the state sales tax and imposing additional vehicle registration fees in order to pay for roads throughout the state. “We simply cannot continue to do what we have always done and expect this problem to go away,” McDonnell told the press. “The gas tax is a stagnant revenue source, and no changes to it will provide a reliable growth mechanism for transportation in the state.”

EXCLUSIVE: Cuomo Close To Announcing
Sweeping New Gun Control Laws
CBS News [New York}, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/9/2013 2:03:34 AM     Post Reply
A deal to give New York one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who, sources said Tuesday, is hoping to announce the plan Wednesday during his State of the State speech in Albany. Cuomo hopes to jump-start the 2013 legislative session with a big deal that could dramatically alter gun control laws across the state.

Senator: Hillary may testify
this month on Benghazi
New York Daily News, by Joseph Straw    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 1:29:10 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Secretary of State Clinton may testify before Congress in two weeks on the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a key senator said Tuesday. "I actually sense -- especially in talking to her chief just in the last few days -- that she´s anxious to want to come up and testify on Benghazi," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appearing on MSNBC. Corker said Clinton may testify on Jan. 22, though final scheduling is up to panel chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), nominated by President Obama to succeed Clinton

  


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$1 million donations wanted
for Obama inauguration
Associated Press, by Jack Gillum, Nedra Pickler*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 1:16:16 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Planners of President Barack Obama´s second inauguration are soliciting high-dollar contributions up to $1 million to help pay for the celebration in exchange for special access. The changes are part of a continuing erosion of Obama´s pledge to keep donors and special interests at arm´s length of his presidency. He has abandoned the policy from his first inauguration to accept donations up to only $50,000 from individuals, announcing last month that he would take unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations. A fundraising appeal obtained by The Associated Press shows the Presidential Inaugural Committee is going far beyond Obama´s previous

National Cathedral to
perform same-sex weddings
Associated Press, by Brett Zongker    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/9/2013 12:43:55 AM     Post Reply
Washington — The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages. Cathedral officials tell The Associated Press the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. The church will announce its new policy Wednesday. As the nation´s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. It draws hundreds of thousands

Abbas and Mashaal
to Meet Morsi in Egypt
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/9/2013 12:20:56 AM     Post Reply
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will meet Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Wednesday, Morsi´s office said. Abbas and Mashaal will first "meet Egypt´s intelligence chief before holding a three-way meeting with President Morsi," presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told AFP. Azzam al-Ahmad, who is in charge of reconciliation efforts between his Fatah party, of which Abbas is head, said Abbas was traveling to Egypt at Morsi´s invitation to discuss the subject. Mashaal and aides arrived in Cairo from Doha on Tuesday for a visit

Report: Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood
Infiltrated Obama Admin
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/9/2013 12:06:57 AM     Post Reply
An Egyptian magazine has claimed that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy.The December 22 story was published in Egypt´s Rose El-Youssef magazine and was translated into English for the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). The story suggests the six turned the White House "from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood." The story is largely unsourced, but its publication

  


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AIG may join bailout lawsuit
against U.S. government
Reuters, by Ben Berkowitz & Karen Freifeld*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/8/2013 11:44:08 PM     Post Reply
New York/Washington - American International Group Inc, the insurer rescued by the U.S. government in 2008, said on Tuesday it is considering joining a lawsuit that claims the bailout terms were unfair, drawing angry condemnation from lawmakers. A leading congressional Democrat called criticism of the deal´s terms "utterly ridiculous," and former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer - who probed AIG when he was in office - called the prospect of a lawsuit "insulting to the public." The White House declined to comment on the potential for a lawsuit but defended the $182 billion bailout.

U.S. contractor to pay $5.28 million
to Abu Ghraib prisoners
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/8/2013 11:21:53 PM     Post Reply
Washington - A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has paid $5.28 million to 71 former inmates held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites between 2003 and 2007. The settlement in the case involving Engility Holdings Inc. of Chantilly, Va., marks the first successful effort by lawyers for former prisoners at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers to collect money from a U.S. defense contractor in lawsuits alleging torture. Another contractor, CACI, is expected to go to trial over similar

Nebraska Environmental Report
Finds Keystone XL Safe
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/8/2013 11:19:25 PM     Post Reply
Energy: The further review the administration said was needed is done, with a Nebraska environmental agency saying it´s safe to build the pipeline that will bring oil, jobs and revenue from our friendly northern neighbor. After kicking the Canadian oil barrel down the road, the Obama administration may soon be forced to approve the Keystone XL pipeline or come up with another excuse to block it after a report from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality declared it would have "minimal environmental impacts" on the state and its sensitive aquifers. Friday´s report triggered a 30-day deadline

Little enthusiasm on Capitol
Hill for Hagel nomination
Washington Times, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2013 11:17:20 PM     Post Reply
After making it past one “fiscal cliff” with more to come, it’s an odd time for President Obama to be picking a fight with Congress over his choice to run the Pentagon. In many ways, Mr. Obama’s choice, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska and a Vietnam veteran with two Purple Hearts, is a man without a party who has plenty of detractors on both sides of the aisle. Even before it became official Monday, Mr. Hagel’s nomination had kicked up a cloud of consternation from those on the right who questioned his commitment to Israel and his

Gov. Richardson pressing
North Korea to open Internet
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/8/2013 11:13:16 PM     Post Reply
Pyongyang, North Korea Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday that his delegation is pressing North Korea to put a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests and to allow more cell phones and an open Internet for its citizens. (Snip) He is accompanied by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas think tank Director Jared Cohen on what Richardson has called a private, humanitarian trip. Schmidt, who is the highest-profile U.S. business executive to visit North Korea since leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago, has not spoken publicly about the reasons

  



Gossip site Gawker
publishes names of ALL licensed
gun owners in New York City
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/8/2013 11:06:56 PM     Post Reply
A gossip site has taken the controversial decision to post the name of every licensed gun owner in New York City online as the debate over gun control rages on. Gawker posted the list of names, which is already publicly available, today. It follows the move by the Journal News to publish home addresses of gun permit owners in Westchester and Rockland counties last month.(Snip) The 446-page document is readily available from the NYPD with a Freedom of Information Law request - but contains only the names of gun owners and not addresses. However a secondary list exists online

Obama´s Green Ethanol
Bureaucrats Starve The Poor
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/8/2013 10:51:02 PM     Post Reply
Politics: At what point does environmental zeal descend into inhumane policy? Try the ethanol mandate, which is now creating a wave of state-sponsored hunger in poor countries like Guatemala as food is diverted to fuel. In a buried item in Saturday´s New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal reported that growing demand for biofuels in the U.S. is having a catastrophic impact on the small poor nations south of our border, such as Guatemala. The problem is not the usual suspect of the past — local socialist policies — but the socialism going on up north called the ethanol mandate,

Plan to save Detroit:
Invest in busier areas, turn
emptying neighborhoods to
farms, forests, ponds
Detroit Free Press, by John Gallagher    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/8/2013 10:35:54 PM     Post Reply
A sometimes controversial exploration of how to save Detroit culminated today with the release of the massive Detroit Future City plan that suggests future investment in population centers, such as the West McNichols hospital corridor and Midtown, and allowing other areas to be used for other purposes — some of them neighborhoods where Detroiters have lived for generations but that have slowly lost population and vigor over time. Some of those areas might include Brightmoor, some blocks west of City Airport and parts of the lower east side. Among the most innovative ideas in the

$2,000 wire transfer
from Chicago pastor has
Kilpatrick in trouble again
Detroit Free Press, by Jim Schaefer    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/8/2013 10:29:43 PM     Post Reply
Kwame Kilpatrick’s pre-Christmas gift from a Chicago pastor has the former mayor in trouble again with his parole officer. It’s not that Kilpatrick received the $2,000 in cash on Dec. 11 in a transfer to a Walmart in Chesterfield Township. It’s that Kilpatrick lied about it, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan. When a parole officer questioned Kilpatrick last Friday about whether the former Detroit mayor had reported all income and gifts he received for December, Kilpatrick said that he had, Marlan said Tuesday. “It appears to be deception regarding finances,” Marlan said. “This isn’t the first

Oprah Winfrey to interview
Lance Armstrong for “Oprah’s Next Chapter”
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: bldrrepub- 1/8/2013 9:32:50 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles — Lance Armstrong has agreed to a rare televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air next week. According to a release posted on Oprah’s website on Tuesday, Armstrong will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. Armstrong has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, but The New York Times reported Friday he has told associates he is considering admitting the use of PEDS.

Fast-track vote for
Duchess of Cambridge´s baby law
Evening Standard [UK], by Joe Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/8/2013 9:18:53 PM     Post Reply
New laws to ensure William and Kate’s first child accedes to the throne even if it is a girl will be rushed out within weeks and fast-tracked through Parliament in two days, the Standard reveals today. {Snip) Charles is reported to be concerned that if his grandchild marries a Catholic, he or she would be obliged under Catholic canon law to raise any children as Catholics. As the proposed laws will keep the historic ban on a Catholic becoming monarch, that would change the succession. The source said Charles had been told that such a problem could be avoided by notifying the Vatican, but found that

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