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Hagel: A Petty Pick
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2013 7:16:44 AM     Post Reply
It’s official. President Obama has named former senator Chuck Hagel (R., Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense-secretary-nomination fight since George H. W. Bush’s failed appointment of Senator John Tower (R., Texas) more than 20 years ago. The interesting question is, why? Why waste the political capital? Why pass over more qualified candidates who would sail through confirmation, including Michele Flournoy — who’d be the first female defense secretary?

Bloomberg’s Quest for
a Celebrity Successor
Commentary Magazine, by Seth A. Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 6:58:54 AM     Post Reply
In December, I wrote about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to find a big-name successor, which focused on Hillary Clinton. Clinton is at the very least keeping her options open for a possible 2016 presidential run, which would have to start far too early to take on a responsibility like running New York City. But according to a report in the New York Times today, Bloomberg has been a one-man search committee, floating not just Clinton but also Ed Rendell, Mortimer Zuckerman, Chuck Schumer, and former Bloomberg deputy Edward Skyler. That’s quite a list,

Gabby Giffords talks about her frustration
over slow recovery as she struggles to
give more than one word answers in
interview to mark 2nd anniversary
of Tucson massacre
Daily Mail [UK], by Rachel Quigley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 6:52:36 AM     Post Reply
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords marked the two-year anniversary of her shooting by revealing her frustratingly slow recovery as she struggled to give more than one-word answers during an interview on gun control with Diane Sawyer. She and husband Mark Kelly said though they wanted a life out of the public eye to concentrate on Gabby´s on-going recovery, after last month´s senseless slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, they could not stay quiet. Giffords was one of 19 people shot in a Tucson parking lot as she met constituents at a Congress On Your Corner event in January 2011.

  


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Douglas Kennedy sues nurses whom
he ´kicked in the crotch´ as he fled
hospital with his newborn son
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 6:47:56 AM     Post Reply
A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle, is suing two nurses who publicly said that he kicked them in the crotch during the assault. Douglas Kennedy is alleging defamation and malicious prosecution by nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane. He said their statements to police and on NBC´s Today show held him up to ´ridicule and scorn´ and led to his prosecution. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in White Plains, New York stems from Kennedy´s attempt a year ago to take his newborn son from Northern Westchester Hospital

First cases of ´incurable´ antibiotic
resistant gonorrhea found in
North America as CDC warns
of public health nightmare
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 6:42:04 AM     Post Reply
The long feared nightmare of U.S. public health officials has come to pass with the news anti-biotic resistant Gonorrhea has been detected in North American patients. A study released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association announced it had found nine patients with a strain of the sexually transmitted disease immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic. This confirms the fears of both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation who warned last year that untreatable gonorrhea, the world´s second most common STD would soon become a reality. Researchers observed that 6.7 percent

Surprise, surprise... Global warming
has stalled, admits Met Office
Daily Express [UK], by John Ingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 6:32:00 AM     Post Reply
The great global warming debate was blown wide open again yesterday when the Met Office predicted cooler than expected temperatures for the next five years. The Met Office, one of the top cheerleaders for the man-made climate change camp, said global temperatures are likely to be lower than it forecast in December 2011. It blamed this on the “natural variability of the climate system”, notably changes in ocean surface temperatures. But the admission was branded as embarrassing as the notorious Barbecue Summer forecast in 2009 which led to a washout where the smell of charcoal grills was largely absent

EU snoops on
all UK motorists
Daily Express [UK], by Natalie Chalk    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 6:25:45 AM     Post Reply
EU bureaucrats have sparked fury by demanding that Britain hands over the personal details of every motorist in the UK or face a £7.5million fine, it emerged last night. They also want the details of those on the national DNA database and fingerprint records so foreign police can check them against crime scenes. If the Government fails to provide access to the information it could be fined at least £7.5million by the European Court of Justice. Labour signed Britain up to the diktat known as the Prum Treaty in 2008, but Home Secretary Theresa May is yet to implement it.

  


  

Was 2012 the Hottest Year
On Record In the US?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2013 6:01:38 AM     Post Reply
You’ve certainly seen the news stories trumpeting data from the National Climatic Data Center purporting to show that 2012 was the warmest year on record in the continental United States. (Snip) But was 2012 really the warmest year on record in the U.S.? It may have been, but the truth is that we don’t know. There are two reasons for this. First, the historical data sets published by NCDC and NOAA lack integrity. Those organizations, which receive many millions of government dollars to promote global warming theory, do not publish raw data.

The States of Foreclosure
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:56:11 AM     Post Reply
One reason for optimism in the New Year is the housing market, which continues to heal despite the weak economic recovery. Case-Shiller, Lender Processing Services and other data trackers are reporting recoveries in many regions. Even more noteworthy is that the rebound is strongest in states that let lenders enforce contracts. We´re referring to the difference between "nonjudicial" states that have streamlined foreclosure procedures and the 23 "judicial" states that force lenders to go to court to enforce mortgage contracts. Prices are stabilizing in the former but still faltering in much of the latter, which isn´t surprising, except to politicians.

Party is over for
benefit skivers
Daily Express [UK], by Macer Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 5:54:57 AM     Post Reply
MP´s last night voted to curb annual rises in state handouts for millions of benefit claimants. The landmark decision will be seen as a massive victory for strivers over shirkers. [Snip] It means a string of benefits--including jobseeker’s allowance, income support and housing benefit--will increase at a rate below the expected level of inflation for the next three years. The verdict, which will save taxpayers more than £4billion over those three years, followed growing public frustration at the army of workshy scroungers ripping off the welfare system. Ministers insisted the measure will stop the “unfairness” of benefits rising faster than

Al Gore´s Oil-Fueled Al-Jazeera Deal
Follows A String Of Green Energy Fiascos
Forbes, by Larry Bell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:53:17 AM     Post Reply
Al-Jazeera, the anti-Israeli network funded by Qatar, closed a deal with the struggling left-wing cable station Current TV founded by Al Gore which gives the them access to 40 million U.S. homes. (Snip)Since his non-election to the presidency, Mr. Gore has accumulated an estimated net worth well in excess of $100 million. In addition to his six-figure global warming speaking gigs, he signed on as a Google advisor in 2001–before it went public–and received stock options reportedly valued at more than $30 million.

  


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Higher health care premiums could
cause Obamacare to death spiral
Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:45:19 AM     Post Reply
This weekend, the New York Times reported on a development that’s completely unsurprising to critics of President Obama’s national health care law: “Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.” The Times story heavily suggests that the problem is that Obamacare didn’t give federal regulators enough power to outright reject rate increases deemed too high.

Justice for Benghazi? Still on Hold
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2013 5:40:55 AM     Post Reply
In the wake of the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12, the administration made up for its deceptive accounts of the incident with bloodthirsty avowals that the persons responsible would be hunted to the ends of the earth. Nearly four months later, those promises remain unfulfilled. That stark reality was brought home today by the news that the only known suspect who had been arrested in connection with the terror attack that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans is no longer in custody.

National Labor RICO Board
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:35:15 AM     Post Reply
A recent lawsuit filed in a federal court in California alleges that National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Richard Griffin was complicit in a scheme to cover up embezzlement at a major labor union by terminating employees who attempted to expose the effort. The allegations appear in a lengthy complaint filed against the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). (Snip) President Barack Obama controversially appointed Griffin to the NLRB in January 2012 in a move some observers described as illegal. He never faced confirmation hearings or standard background checks.

You’ll never hear a silent
breakfast in my house
Telegraph [UK], by Oliver Pritchett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 5:29:36 AM     Post Reply
For my wife and I the first meal is all toast and telepathy, the joy of unfinished sentences and bonding over elliptical remarks.[Snip]Although Seb Emina, author of The Breakfast Bible, has suggested that we eat our corn flakes without exchanging a word, I’m convinced this is the time when the quality of communication between husbands and wives is at its peak. Together we discover the joy of unfinished sentences and the intimacy of exchanged non sequiturs, and we bond over elliptical remarks. Breakfast is all toast and telepathy. It’s a cheering thought that the same thing is

  


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Lance Armstrong, Like Everyone
Else, Will Spill His Guts on Oprah
Atlantic, by Adam Clark Estes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:27:26 AM     Post Reply
Adding to her peerless collection of celebrities confidentials Oprah announced that she´d scored an exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong "in his first no-holds-barred interview." More specifically, Oprah´s press release said that "Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career." No-holds-barred? Alleged doping scandal? Does this mean that Lance "The Dance" Armstrong will finally tell the truth about the drugs he almost certainly pumped into his muscles to win all those championships and make all those millions? It sounds very possible,

FreedomWorks’ Foes, Inside and Out
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:24:11 AM     Post Reply
Few political developments in 2012 offered the intrigue of the high-profile split between FreedomWorks and its chairman, former congressman Dick Armey. Armey, 72, had been with the organization since 2004 and had become in many ways the face of the group. The closing weeks of 2012 offered glimpses of bizarre details: Armey’s departure was sweetened by a payout of $8 million in consulting fees paid in annual $400,000 installments from a FreedomWorks board member; Armey initially communicated his side of the story through an interview with the progressive magazine Mother Jones.

Hagel´s burden of proof
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2013 5:14:24 AM     Post Reply
The Senate must subject former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s choice to be secretary of defense, to a rigorous vetting. Hagel has earned the scrutiny by repeatedly expressing skepticism toward one of the administration’s central foreign policy goals: using economic sanctions and, as a last resort, a credible threat of force to get Iran to abandon its illicit nuclear weapons program. (Snip)Yet Hagel was one of only two senators to oppose sanctions against Iran in 2001.

´Twitter’ of the East
enjoys the last word
Telegraph [UK], by Bryony Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2013 5:08:02 AM     Post Reply
Celebrities and big Western companies are flocking to join Sina Weibo, the Chinese ´Twitter´. What do you get for the pampered western celebrity who thinks they have everything? A weibo, of course. A what? A weibo, stupid! Pronounced way-bore, weibo is Chinese for “microblog”, and is often referred to as the Twitter of the East. In China, the most popular of the many weibos available to the country’s 500 million internet users is Sina Weibo, a social networking phenomenon that had 368 million registered users at the last count, between them posting an impressive 100 million messages a day.

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.

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.

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