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Obama’s real problem
Washington Times, by Jeffrey T. Kuhner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2013 5:20:41 AM     Post Reply
President Obama says the government doesn’t have a spending problem. This is like saying actress Lindsay Lohan doesn’t have an alcohol problem. It is the epitome of narcissistic self-delusion. If Mr. Obama truly believes this, then America is doomed to suffer national bankruptcy and economic collapse. House Speaker John A. Boehner recently told The Wall Street Journal that in a private meeting during negotiations over the “fiscal cliff” deal, the president said, “We don’t have a spending problem.” Assuming Mr. Boehner is telling the truth — and I have no reason to doubt him —

All the King of Beers’ Men
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2013 5:15:06 AM     Post Reply
Beer is the new wine. Where does that leave the blue-collar brews that have ruled cooler and barroom for more than a century? Ten days from now Anheuser-Busch InBev unleashes a new beer, Budweiser Black Crown, with a deeper flavor and more alcohol than traditional Bud. The company charged its twelve domestic brewers with devising a variant of the King of Beers. Among the dozen creations, drinkers universally preferred the 6-percent-alcohol deep-amber lager produced by Anheuser-Busch’s Southern California brewery. But when given a choice beyond that dozen, drinkers increasingly prefer something other than Budweiser.

Earth to Tom: Rescue us!
New York Post, by Maureen Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2013 5:09:03 AM     Post Reply
Tom Cruise will save the world from aliens — not on the big screen but in real life. His day job as an actor pales next to the billion-year contract of service he signed with the Church of Scientology, according to a bombshell new book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief.” New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright details Cruise’s demigod status within the church, as well as the group’s ultimate purpose — protect humanity from aliens living in our bodies, who are bent on destroying us and ultimately the planet.



Daddy Clinton
Weekly Standard, by Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/13/2013 4:58:58 AM     Post Reply
It’s understandable that years of war and economic struggle have made many long for the relatively halcyon days of the 1990s, but how far are we really prepared to go to rehab Bill Clinton’s image? Wait, don’t answer that question just yet: The National Father’s Day Council announced [last week] that it has selected President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, as a 2013 “Father of the Year” Award recipient.

Why Republicans should
watch their language
Washington Post, by Frank Luntz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/13/2013 4:56:11 AM     Post Reply
This coming week, House Republicans will gather in Williamsburg, Va., to discuss what went wrong in 2012. I’ve attended more than a dozen such congressional retreats since 1993, and I can already imagine how the conversations will go. Someone will undoubtedly come to the microphone to declare that what the GOP needs is a better brand, missing the essential point that candidates and political parties are about reputation, trust and ideas. You can’t sell them like soap or detergent. But what you say in defense of those ideas matters, and what people hear matters even more.

The Worldwide Evolution
of Life Expectancy
PJ Media, by Theodore Dalrymple    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2013 4:46:49 AM     Post Reply
My father’s life expectancy at birth was 48 years. He survived to be 83, and he was by several years younger at his death than his brothers and sister at their deaths. He and they lived through what has been called “the demographic transition,” from low life expectancies to high. A recent paper in the Lancet charts the worldwide evolution of life expectancy between 1970 and 2010. Life expectancy has fallen in only 4 of the 187 countries with populations of 50,000 or more, the four being Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Ukraine, and Belarus.

So… who’s up for
that carbon tax?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2013 4:42:09 AM     Post Reply
I know that it seems like President Obama has a pretty full dance card these days… planning inaugural balls, raising the debt, taxing the rich and grabbing everyone’s guns. He may, however, still find an open spot for a meeting or two with his new EPA Chief now that Lisa Jackson is sailing off into the highly over-regulated sunset. But after stalling the Keystone Pipeline, putting coal fired plants and coal mines out of business and flushing America’s coffers into failed green technology plans and burning corn, what more could he possibly hope to accomplish?



Why Chris Christie won’t
win the presidency in 2016
Daily Caller, by Christopher Bedford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2013 4:34:52 AM     Post Reply
In the early, and later, days of the 2012 Republican primary, a steady stream of pundits kept a slow but steady chant of “Christie, Christie, Christie” humming along in the background, daring the popular Republican governor of a Democratic state to step up to the plate and run for national office. And though he played coy with his supporters, sending proxy messages while insisting that he was devoted to his work at home, the don of Jersey never took the final step, settling instead for a national role as a prominent Romney surrogate. That was then, and to be honest,

A meddlesome Obama should keep
his nose out of our affairs
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Heffer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2013 4:29:46 AM     Post Reply
No one who has studied the history of Britain’s so-called special relationship with America will be surprised that the Obama administration is nervous about the idea that we might leave the European Union. Yet it was outrageous for a White House official to warn this week that our membership of the EU was ‘in the American interest’ and that pulling out would be a mistake. State Department official Philip Gordon may hold a post that is the equivalent to a junior under-secretary in our Foreign Office but he is the authentic voice of the Obama administration.

The two Als and a national shame
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 1/13/2013 4:03:58 AM     Post Reply
If you needed more evidence that the United States is in full self-destruct mode, you got it last week when it was announced that former Vice President Al Gore had sold his failed cable talk network Current TV to Al Jazeera for $500 million.[SNIP]Nor can you attribute the big cash infusion to his brilliance as an entrepreneur. Current TV was a dismal failure in all regards, and has practically no market value as an economic engine.However, as a propaganda outlet for the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida and extreme Islam, it is priceless.

Cuban leader backs Venezuela
as Chavez convalesces
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/13/2013 1:46:23 AM     Post Reply
HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday voiced his support for the Venezuelan government, as its cancer-stricken leader Hugo Chavez convalesces in Havana, with no sign of when or if he might return home. Castro made the comments during a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who arrived in the Cuban capital late Friday to check on his ailing boss, who had a difficult fourth round of cancer surgery last month. Chavez, 58, has not been seen for a month, and his scheduled inauguration on Thursday was transformed into a public rally, with thousands of Chavistas



Armed Vigilante Groups Policing
2 Mexican Towns
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/13/2013 1:39:30 AM     Post Reply
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Several hundred civilians have taken up arms in two towns in a southwestern Mexico state and are arresting people suspected of crimes and imposing a curfew, leading authorities to promise to reinforce security forces in the area. People wearing ski masks or bandanas and carrying small arms this week began manning checkpoints on roads into the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoapa in Guerrero state´s Costa Chica area about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Leaders said they were acting against crime and insecurity.

How NRA’s true believers
converted a marksmanship group
into a mighty gun lobby
Washington Post, by Joel Achenbach*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/12/2013 11:54:22 PM     Post Reply
In gun lore it’s known as the Revolt at Cincinnati. On May 21, 1977, and into the morning of May 22, a rump caucus of gun rights radicals took over the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association. The rebels wore orange-blaze hunting caps. They spoke on walkie-talkies as they worked the floor of the sweltering convention hall. They suspected that the NRA leaders had turned off the air-conditioning in hopes that the rabble-rousers would lose enthusiasm. The Old Guard was caught by surprise. The NRA officers sat up front, on a dais, observing their demise.

Sweeping new gun laws
proposed by influential
liberal think tank
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/12/2013 11:52:04 PM     Post Reply
With President Obama readying an overhaul of the nation’s gun laws, a liberal think tank with singular influence throughout his administration is pushing for a sweeping agenda of strict new restrictions on and federal oversight of gun and ammunition sales. The Center for American Progress is recommending 13 new gun policies to the White House — some of them executive actions that would not require the approval of Congress — in what amounts to the progressive community’s wish list.

Sign the Petition: Make the
White House a Gun-Free Zone!
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 1/12/2013 10:11:45 PM     Post Reply
Via InstaPundit, we learn of the latest citizen-generated petition on the official White House site: Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families, and establish Gun Free Zones around them Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians. Heh. But really



Boy, 14, brutally executed
on his doorstep in Chicago is
sixth teenager shot since Friday
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2013 9:33:36 PM     Post Reply
Witnesses say two gunmen shot and killed a 14-year-old Chicago boy Friday night as he stood on his porch, and then left him to die in the front hallway of his own home, authorities said. The shooting came just hours after a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in a separate attack. The death marks the sixth shooting of a teenager since Friday. Two male shooters opened fire about 11:50pm, hitting the boy multiple times in the chest, reports The Chicago Tribune.

Italian consul in Benghazi
shot at in car but unhurt
Reuters, by Staff *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/12/2013 9:31:21 PM     Post Reply
Benghazi, Libya - An Italian consul came under fire in his car in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday but was unhurt, Italy said, four months after the U.S. ambassador was killed in an attack on the U.S. mission in the city. A spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack on Guido De Sanctis, Italy´s Benghazi consul since 2011, and said he was unhurt. {Snip) American officials say militants with ties to al Qaeda affiliates were most likely involved in that attack. Benghazi, like much of Libya, is awash with weapons, and the city has also seen recent attacks on British,

President Obama’s Sandy Hook
speech turned into a pro-life video
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/12/2013 9:17:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama delivered an emotional speech about protecting America’s children in December in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. But the producers at Blackstone Films have turned that speech into a remarkable video to reflect on the duty of Americans to protect our nation’s unborn children. It’s a very powerful video that is sure to spark some controversy. The video promotes the March for Life in Washington D.C. – although the video includes a disclaimer that it is “not endorsed by or affiliated with the March for Life Education and

Venezuela´s Hugo Chavez
not in coma, brother says
Reuters, by Andrew Cawthorne & Diego Ore    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/12/2013 9:12:04 PM     Post Reply
Caracas - Venezuela´s cancer-stricken president, Hugo Chavez, is recovering in Cuba and is not in a coma as some have rumored a month after surgery, his brother, Adan Chavez, said after a visit to Havana. The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen or heard from since his December 11 cancer surgery - his fourth such operation after the disease was detected in his pelvic area in mid-2011 - leaving Venezuela in a state of suspense. (Snip) "Information on social networks and in other places, saying the president is in a coma and his family are discussing the supposed disconnection of life

How did Ray Lewis go from
murder suspect in 2000 to
NFL royalty in 2013?
Yahoo! Sports, by Jay Busbee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/12/2013 9:02:52 PM     Post Reply
Thirteen years ago, Ray Lewis was in the back of a limousine speeding down an Atlanta street, leaving the chaos of what would become a notorious murder scene. Today, Ray Lewis prepares to play his final minutes in the NFL as one of the most celebrated and iconic players in league history. These are two sets of indisputable facts, facts that don´t seem to connect in any meaningful way. To accept one set, you have to virtually ignore the other. It just doesn´t make sense, no matter which angle you take. How does a man implicated in a double homicide end up receiving a congratulatory bear hug


Rapid reaction: Ravens beat Broncos
ESPN, by Mike Reiss    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/12/2013 8:59:43 PM     Post Reply
Rapid reaction from the Ravens´ 38-35 double overtime victory over the Broncos, viewing it from a Patriots’ perspective: Stunning turn of events. The winner of Sunday’s Patriots-Texans divisional-round playoff game will now host the AFC Championship game (6:30 p.m. ET) as a result of the fourth-seeded Ravens shocking the top-seeded Broncos. Few saw this result coming. If the Patriots beat the Texans, it sets up a rematch of last year’s AFC title game. Ravens’ mental toughness shines. Few gave the Ravens a realistic chance to win, but their big-play offense and veteran defense helped overcome

Pentagon report cites "lack of
maturity" of Lockheed F-35 jet
Reuters, by Andrea Shalal-Esa    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/12/2013 8:59:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Lockheed Martin Corp´s´s new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it is still facing problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon´s chief weapons tester. (Snip) Lockheed is building three different models of the F-35 fighter jet for the U.S. military and eight countries that helped pay for its development: Britain, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia and Norway. The Pentagon plans to buy 2,443 of the warplanes in coming decades,

Hostess sells Wonder Bread and five
other brands to Tastykakes baker
for $390m with new Twinkies owner
expected in a matter of weeks
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/12/2013 7:31:57 PM     Post Reply
Hostess has found a new home for its most popular breads, including the iconic Wonder Bread. The bankrupt maker of Twinkies, Devil Dogs and other snack cakes said late Friday that it selected bids by rival bakery Flower Foods Inc. to buy six of its bread brands for $390 million. Flower Foods, based in Thomasville, Ga., is best known for Tastykakes but also makes breads including Nature´s Own and Cobblestone Mill. Hostess is expected to announce buyers for its famed dessert cakes in coming weeks. The company has said a wide variety of parties have

Biden to speak with
families of Newtown
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/12/2013 7:18:52 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading an administration review of gun safety laws, has offered to talk with any families of the Connecticut elementary school shooting victims who would like to speak with personally, a support group said Saturday. The group, Sandy Hook Promise, has been working to help the families whose loved ones were killed in the December 14 massacre of 20 first-graders and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. It said in an email to the families that it could arrange a call or put the families in touch directly with Biden´s office.

Miss America Pageant elevates
two new platforms
Washington Post, by Cara Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2013 6:31:21 PM     Post Reply
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler will pass on her crown Saturday night — along with a lot of scholarship money — to the new beauty who will carry the 90-year-old title for 2013.Fifty-two contestants will compete for the honor live on ABC at 9 p.m. EST, facing off in the final rounds of lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, evening wear and the infamous onstage question. The Miss America Organization — not to be confused with the glitzier Miss Universe Organization, owned by Donald Trump — has already brought a new level of attention to two of the platforms

Treasury and Fed kill the trillion-dollar
platinum coin. But other goofy ideas
await to evade debt ceiling
American Enterprise Institute, by James Pethokoukis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/12/2013 5:59:31 PM     Post Reply
Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke have put the kibosh on the whimsical/embarrassing idea of having the Treasury Department mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling. And even if Treasury did, it looks like the Federal Reserve wouldn’t accept it. This from opinion columnist Ezra Klein at The Washington Post: That’s the bottom line of the statement that Anthony Coley, a spokesman for the Treasury Department, gave me today. ”Neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins

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