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David Brooks: "One Of The
Best Inaugural Speeches
In The Past Half Century"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 12:18:38 PM     Post Reply
GWEN IFILL, PBS: Did you get the sense he was speaking to everybody, including people who didn´t vote for him, David? DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: Yes, but making an argument. It was about collectivity. There´s no question about that. Four years ago, it was about being trans-partisan, about healing divides. He was sort of above the fray. Now he´s in the fray. He´s picked a team. And his team is his party, his belief system. And I thought he made the case for a very pragmatic, prudential, incremental, but progressivism, a more forthright case for

The Amazing Grace of It All
Washington Post Writers Group, by Eugene Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 12:14:35 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Hussein Obama´s second inauguration was every bit as historic as his first -- not because it said so much about the nation´s long, bitter, unfinished struggle with issues of race, as was the case four years ago, but because it said so little about the subject. Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. For the second time. Meaning that voters not only elected him once -- which could be a fluke, a blip,

´More Flexibility´: Obama
to Govern by ´Executive
Fiat´ in Second Term
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 12:03:55 PM     Post Reply
Remember when President Obama was caught on a hot mic telling then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to be patient with him because he would have more “flexibility” in his second term when he would never again have to face American voters? That message wasn’t just for Medvedev to relay to then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin: it was for Obama´s friends on the far left as well, who have been waiting for the “real” Barack Obama to usher in a new age of liberalism – to “fundamentally transform America,” as the president himself



Time for a new Fox?
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 11:55:08 AM     Post Reply
Does Fox News now have an All-Amnesty lineup? Looks like it. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly have now fallen in line behind World Citizen Rupert Murdoch’s support of ”sweeping, generous immigration reform,” including a “path to citizenship.” Karl Rove was always on board, of course. What about Fox News’ viewers? Are they going to go along like sheep? They now have no network that represents their perspective on what seems to be a key issue for Obama’s second term. Is it time for a new Fox? (Wouldn’t it be time for a new Fox anyway?

World War II veteran reacts
after teens burglarize, trash
Houston home
KHOU Houston TX, by Sher-Min Chow & Jeff McShan*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 11:42:20 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON -- Ninty-three-year-old Elbert Wood came home from a doctor’s appointment Monday morning to find his home burglarized and vandalized with spray paint. The great-grandfather still managed to have a sense of humor about the crooks. “They redecorated for me.” Wood built his northwest Houston home and has lived in it for 55 years. He pointed to the walls, windows, paintings, carpets and other personal belongings, now all tagged with graffiti. At his age, he’s heard and seen a lot. “I never heard of anything like this before.” He was wounded twice in World War II.

Big Pharma and John
Kerry Raid Medicare
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 11:38:31 AM     Post Reply
The fiscal cliff bill didn’t just raise taxes; it showered half a billion dollars on a canny Big Pharma company that knows its way around Capitol Hill. A provision in the newly-passed fiscal cliff bill allows pharmaceutical giant Amgen to sell one of its pills (Sensipar) for two more years without having to negotiate a fair price with Medicare. Sensipar is an expensive pill, and the two year delay will cost Medicare upwards of $500 million. What makes this bit of corporate welfare even more egregious is the fact that Amgen recently pleaded

Palestinians see no hope for
peace in Israeli polls
Reuters, by Noah Browning and Saleh Salem    Original Article
Posted By: Ecclesiastes- 1/22/2013 11:38:04 AM     Post Reply
Palestinians evinced weary indifference on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election set to produce a hardline government keener to expand Jewish settlements on occupied land than seek peace. "Regardless of who wins, the result is the same: Israelis want this land but not the people," said Ahmed Amro, a professor at Al-Quds Open University in Ramallah, the West Bank´s capital.



Smithsonian curators scout
for Obama artifacts
Associated Press, by Brett Zongker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 11:31:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history. The Smithsonian´s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open during President Barack Obama´s second term, and one section will feature a large display about the first black president. Curators have been working since 2008 to gather objects, documents and images that capture his place in history. Curator William Pretzer ventured into the crowd Monday, mostly looking for memorabilia that had a personal touch - beyond the T-shirts and buttons hawked by vendors.

Support for Roe. V. Wade
Reaches All-Time High
Townhall, by Daniel Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 11:31:01 AM     Post Reply
Regardless of one’s position on the High Court’s infamous decision forty years ago today to legalize abortion “[a]t any stage of pregnancy, for any reason,” most Americans -- not to mention legal scholars and academics -- recognize that Roe is bad Constitutional law. Nevertheless, support for the controversial ruling has reached an all-time high, at least according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll: Forty years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision, seven out of 10 Americans support the groundbreaking rulings, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Purdue president Mitch Daniels
deplores state of higher education
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 11:25:56 AM     Post Reply
Just one week into his new position as president of Purdue University, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels released an open letter disparaging the current financial and professional state of American higher education. Daniels, who briefly considered a run for the Republican presidential nomination, took up his new job last week after the conclusion of his second term as governor. Those who wondered what kind of administration a conservative reformer like Daniels would bring to Purdue weren’t kept in the dark for long; the new president immediately published a laundry list of problems facing higher ed,

U.S. gift of F-16 fighters headed to
Egypt, despite Morsi´s harsh rhetoric
Fox News, by Maxim Lott    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/22/2013 11:24:02 AM     Post Reply
Four F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. this morning, bound for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package critics say should have been scrapped when the nation elected a president who has called President Obama a liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children. A source who works on the Naval Air Force Base in Dallas confirmed the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes to FoxNews.com. Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year under a $216 million foreign aid



Dreamliner fires spark
new doubts about a green
energy technology
Washington Examiner, by Richard Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 11:11:51 AM     Post Reply
When Federal Aviation Administration officials grounded Boeing´s fleet of 787 Dreamliner commercial jets last week due to unexplained battery fires, one of President Obama´s favorite green energy technologies got another black eye. Technologists and safety experts had long warned of problems with the lithium ion battery when in 2009 the president began betting billions of tax dollars that it should be the green power of choice for cars, trucks, and even aircraft. Just three years before that, a UPS cargo plane made an emergency landing

Will You Celebrate or Mourn
Obama’s Inauguration?
Canada Free Press, by Alan Caruba    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 11:03:22 AM     Post Reply
Traditionally, the nation celebrates an inauguration as a demonstration of the peaceful transfer or extension of presidential power, but for half of the nation’s voters Inauguration Day 2013 is more likely to be a day of mourning, a day of fear for the nation’s ability to survive Barack Hussein Obama. Let’s start with the basics. As Terence P. Jeffrey points out in a recent commentary on CNSnews.com, “During Barack Obama’s first term as president of the United States, the debt of the federal government increased by $5.8 trillion, which exceeds the combined debt accumulated under all presidents from George Washington

Exclusive Video — James Taylor
on gun control: ‘We need to make
some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms’
Daily Caller, by Nicholas Ballasy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:57:37 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Addressing the issue of gun control, singer-songwriter James Taylor told The Daily Caller that Americans “need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms” in order to keep children safe. Following his performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, TheDC asked Taylor if he agreed with Obama’s executive actions on gun control. “I think the nation is very divided on gun control,” Taylor told TheDC, “but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that

Saudi Says Negotiated Syria
Settlement ``Inconceivable’’
Leadership [Nigeria], by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/22/2013 10:54:36 AM     Post Reply
Saudi Arabia´s foreign minister said on Tuesday the scale of violence used by Syria´s government when fighting rebels meant a negotiated settlement of the country´s crisis was unthinkable. ``Damascus which has been a city for the longest period of time, is carpet bombed,´´ the minister said. How can you conceive of the possibility of a negotiated settlement with somebody who does that to his own country, to his own history, to his own people? It is inconceivable to us,’’ Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference. He was speaking after an Arab summit focusing on economic development,



Democrats Vilify Guns, Own
Stock in Gun Companies
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:52:04 AM     Post Reply
Several Democrats who have come out against the evils of guns since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary have also made money by investing in gun companies. Many are still making money with investments in those manufacturers now, even as they attempt to ban their products. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), for example, is a proponent of an "assault weapons" ban, who in the meantime is enjoying the money her husband makes off a $50,000 investment in the Vanguard Small Cap Growth Index fund. As of Jan. 18, that fund included 219,918 shares of stock in Ruger Firearms

Nepal to issue ´third gender´ IDs
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/22/2013 10:50:28 AM     Post Reply
Katmandu, Nepal — An official says Nepal´s government will begin issuing citizenship certificates with the category "third gender" for people who do not wish to be identified as male or female. Activists hailed the decision, saying it was an achievement for gay and transgender rights. Home Ministry Bhola Siwakot says an order to issue the certificates was sent to all district administration offices. Nepal´s Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the government should issue "third gender" citizenship certificates but it took five years to implement the decision. Sunilbabu Pant of the Blue Diamond Society says the simple and clear guidelines for

Alex Haley and ´Roots´: The
Lance Armstrong of Literature
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:48:56 AM     Post Reply
During President Obama´s inauguration today, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) quoted Alex Haley, the author made world-famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning literary sensation, "Roots." According to The Washington Post, Haley and Alexander were longtime friends. That´s all well and good, but quoting Alex Haley at an important national occasion is not unlike quoting Lance Armstrong. Because what both men are most famous for is based on brazen fraud. Haley not only lost a high-profile plagiarism suit against his work in "Roots, but any serious look into the Haley family´s

Universities Slash Teachers´
Hours to Evade ObamaCare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:43:43 AM     Post Reply
If you want someone to lie to you and tell you how troubling it is when anyone´s income is cut in Obama´s economy, you´ll want to stop reading right about now. I´m only willing to go as far as to say that I wish ObamaCare wasn´t the cause of all this. But it simply is a beautiful thing to see the very institutions that carry Obama´s water and attempt to brainwash more of his minions, deal first-hand with the consequences of their thoughtless advocacy: A new piece in the Wall Street Journal

US begins transporting French
troops, equipment to Mali
Reuters, by John Irish & Marina Depetris    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/22/2013 10:22:18 AM     Post Reply
Paris-The United States has started transporting French soldiers and equipment to Mali as part of its logistical aid to French forces fighting Islamist militants in the north of the country, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. Paris has launched a military campaign against Islamist fighters in Mali at the request of the Malian government, amid fears the vast desert country could become a launchpad for international attacks. "We have started air lifting French army personnel and equipment to Bamako from Istres," said Benjamin Benson, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). A Reuters camera crew on Tuesday saw a U.S.


Rep. Charlie Rangel on Guns:
‘Some of the Southern Areas Have
Cultures that We Have to Overcome’
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Millward    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:21:15 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), speaking on “MSNBC Live” on Jan. 16 said that “some of the southern areas have cultures that we have to overcome” when it comes to gun control. Rangel was asked by anchor Thomas Roberts whether new gun control measures passed in New York State should serve as models for other states: “If you’re proud of what New York has done, obviously there is not going to be any perfect policy or perfect law that everybody is going to agree on from both sides saying that this is key perfection

Woodward to Obama: Sticking
Your Finger in Republican
Eyes All the Time Won’t Work
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:16:33 AM     Post Reply
As NewsBusters reported Saturday, CBS News political director John Dickerson advised the current White House resident to destroy the Republican Party. On PBS´s Charlie Rose Monday, the Washington Post´s Bob Woodward made a much different recommendation to President Obama saying, "Sticking your finger in these people’s eye all the time I don´t think will work" (video follows with transcript and commentary): BOB WOODWARD: It´s not just a matter of defending it, and I think Bob Caro is right that Obama feels very strongly about this. He´s the champion of the safety net and he should be, but even he when

President Obama´s gun law diversion
Tampa Tribune/Hernando Today, by J.G. Nash    Original Article
Posted By: Mobyclik- 1/22/2013 10:16:17 AM     Post Reply
Television´s History channel is running an outstanding series about each and every one of our presidents. Nowhere in that has there been evidence of a Chief Executive with less character, lower standards, fewer morals, greater incompetence, a more dangerous socio-political agenda, and yet with increasingly arrogant, personal ambition and ego than those of President Barrack Hussein Obama. My damning allegations have never been better proven, than by Mr. Obama´s current, disgraceful...

In cable the day he died,
U.S. ambassador warned Clinton
about Benghazi security
Washington Guardian, by John Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/22/2013 10:14:23 AM     Post Reply
Just hours before he died in a terrorist attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Ambassador Chris Stevens sent a cable to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton painting a chaotic, violent portrait of the eastern Libya city and warning that local militias were threatening to pull the security they afforded U.S. officials. Militia leaders told U.S. officials just two days before the attack that they were angered by U.S. support of a particular candidate for Libyan prime minister and warned “they would not continue to guarantee security in Benghazi, a critical function they asserted they were currently providing,”

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