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The Politics of Reality
National Review Online, by William Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: duhem- 2/4/2013 10:00:10 AM     Post Reply
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following text is adapted from Secretary Bennett’s speech delivered at National Review Institute’s summit on the future of conservatism on January 27, 2013. Good evening. It was National Review’s eminence, Bill Buckley, who described conservatism as the politics of reality. Let’s look reality square in the eye. Let me tell you some things that I think are true. 1. First, two honest looks back and a word of encouragement.

Muslim activists aim to reclaim
the word ´jihad´ with ad campaign
CNN, by Jonathan Helman & Athena Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 9:57:01 AM     Post Reply
A Muslim activist group has launched a new ad campaign to reclaim a word they say has been abused and distorted by Muslim extremists and by anti-Muslim groups. The MyJihad ad campaign is using print ads and social media to educate the public about what they say is the true meaning of the word "jihad." The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term as "1: a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also: a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline" and "2: a crusade for a principle or belief."

The Boomer Moment: Esiason
Doesn’t Buy Ray Lewis’ Excuses
in Double Murder
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:51:17 AM     Post Reply
In case you missed the Super Bowl pregame, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis finally spoke about the double murder in which he was implicated in 2000, and basically said God has proven his innocence. Indicted on murder and assault charges in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, Lewis struck a plea deal for obstruction of justice in exchange for testimony against two other defendants, who were eventually acquitted. He later struck financial settlements with families of both of the victims. When Shannon Sharpe, interviewing Lewis for a CBS segment, asked his former Ravens

  


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David Axelrod Attributes Chicago
Murder Rate to Lax Gun-Control
Laws in ‘Surrounding Areas’
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:44:21 AM     Post Reply
As President Obama prepares to stump for gun-control legislation in Minneapolis today, David Axelrod offered him a helping hand on morning television. In doing so, Axelrod attributed the murder rate in the city of Chicago, which is subject to some of the most stringent gun-control regulations in the nation, to the lack of such laws in surrounding areas. “We live in Chicago, and one of the reasons we have such a huge problem in this city is that all around us are areas with weak laws and with very lax background checks and a lot

Celebrity Saudi preacher who
´raped´ and tortured his five-
year-old daughter to death
escapes with light sentence
Daily Mail [UK], by Becky Evans    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:39:34 AM     Post Reply
A Saudi preacher who tortured his five-year-old daughter to death has been released after agreeing to pay ´blood money´, activists said. Lama al-Ghamdi died in October having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. The child had also been repeatedly raped and the burned. Her father Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a prominent Islamist preacher who regularly appears on television in Saudi Arabia, served only a few months in jail despite admitting having used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries. Activists from the group Women to Drive

New Obama rule would spare
churches but not believers
Washington Examiner, by Editorial Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/4/2013 9:35:04 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration´s announcement on Friday that it was changing the Obamacare mandate on contraceptive coverage was a step in the right direction, but it did not go nearly far enough. On the one hand, the new rule improves on the old in that it applies to more employers than just a few monastic orders. It would exempt many nonprofit religious employers -- such as dioceses, charities and universities -- that have moral objections to the practice of sterilizing human beings and to the use of contraceptive and abortifacient drugs to frustrate one of the chief purposes of marriage,

Beyonce brings sexy back
to Super Bowl halftime
Washington Post, by Chris Richards    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:32:27 AM     Post Reply
She twisted her hips in ways that appeared to defy the laws of physics, but on Sunday night, everyone was watching Beyonce’s lips. After the pop uber-star admitted to lip-syncing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration, her performance during the big game in New Orleans may have been the most hyper-scrutinized halftime show of all time. There was plenty to look at. Clad in leather and lace, the 31-year-old gyrated to a pyro-punctuated medley of hits – “Crazy in Love,” “Halo,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”– that last one, plus “Bootylicious,” with

  


  

Gangnam Style pistachios, Amy
Poehler seducing a Best Buy
employee and THAT kiss. . .
but who won the Super Bowl
´battle of the brands´?
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:23:46 AM     Post Reply
After the Super Bowl drew to a nail-biting finish on Sunday night with victory for the Ravens, all that was left to discuss was the good, the bad and the ugly of the ads. The most discussion surrounded Volkswagen´s ´happy Jamaican´ ad, a spot from the Church of Scientology, the Dodge ad featuring a speech ´God made a farmer´ and Oreo´s quick thinking to turn the Superdome power cut to their advantage with a Twitter ad reading: ´You can still dunk in the dark.´ The celebrity count was expectedly high. Bar Refaeli and character

Donald Trump to sue
Bill Maher after bet feud
Politico, by Kevin Cirilli    Original Article
Posted By: starbaby- 2/4/2013 9:23:41 AM     Post Reply
Donald Trump said Monday that he’s suing liberal comic Bill Maher for $5 million for charity because Maher did not follow through on a public bet he made on “The Tonight Show.” “He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” Trump said Monday on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “Well I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.”

Obama vows to cover same-sex couples
under his immigration reforms
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/4/2013 9:20:33 AM     Post Reply
Letterman: Women will be in combat now. Finally, someone in the tank who´ll stop and ask for directions. Conan: Iran has successfully sent a monkey into space. Iran is calling it a huge advancement in not letting women drive. Conan: Barnes & Noble is closing one-third of its stores because of Internet competition. The CEO said, “Good luck using the bathroom at Amazon.com.”

Conservatives skeptical
of Rove’s new project
Washington Examiner, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:13:52 AM     Post Reply
If you are going to launch a new effort to shape the the Republican Party, The New York Times is probably not the best outlet to let break the news. But that is where news broke this weekend that some of “the biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts.” This new “Conservative Victory Project” is backed by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads 527 organization and its goal, according to Crossroads president Steven Law, “will be to

  


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In Menendez saga, prostitute
fingers wealthy Dominican politician
as sex-party participant
Daily Caller, by David Martosko and Charles C. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/4/2013 9:11:24 AM     Post Reply
A Dominican prostitute’s firsthand account of sex parties allegedly attended by New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez refers specifically to another participant: Vinicio “Vinicito” Castillo Seman, the scion of a prominent Dominican political family who serves as a lawyer for his cousin, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in the Caribbean nation. Vinicito, she wrote, “invents things [to do] with the young girls, and then forces them to do the same things with the doctor’s friend” — Sen. Menendez.

Is your 401K about
to be nationalized?
Washington Times, by Mike Shortridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:05:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON ? The $19.4 trillion sitting in personal retirement accounts like the 401K may be too tempting an apple for a government that is quite broke, both monetarily and morally. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray recently mentioned these accounts in a recent interview, stating “That’s one of the things we’ve been exploring and are interested in, in terms of whether and what authority we have.” This agency, created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank-Act, is very concerned about how safe your retirement savings are. They are apparently concerned that retiring baby boomers may become

Geraldo Rivera and Common Decency
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2013 9:05:16 AM     Post Reply
There are those who will dismiss Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera’s announcement that he is considering running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2014 as a Republican as just one more publicity stunt in a career replete with them. Rivera’s public record is mixed, as it has combined serious advocacy on a number of issues with the sort of foolish excess that has given a bad name to tabloid journalism. If people think of him more as a celebrity than a journalist, it is his own fault and not something that he has seemed to mind very much.

Bob Torricelli Thinks Bob
Menendez Will Be Just Fine
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2013 9:02:29 AM     Post Reply
The first Morning Jolt at the week looks at the persistent evidence of a struggling American economy, wraps up a chaotic and weird Super Bowl, and… New Jersey Senator Bob ‘John’ Menendez, Still Embattled Great news, Senator Menendez. Harry Reid has your back. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he has the “utmost confidence” in fellow Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and says he has confidence the New Jersey senator “did nothing wrong” in associating with a prominent political donor who appears to be under investigation by the FBI.

  


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Obama misses budget deadline
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 9:02:12 AM     Post Reply
Monday marked the deadline set in law for President Obama to submit a budget, but he missed it — making this the fourth time in his five years in office that he´s failed to submit the blueprint on time. This year, Mr. Obama blamed the late passage of his tax increase deal early last month. "Because these issues were not resolved until the American Taxpayer Relief Act was enacted on Jan. 2, 2013, the administration was forced to delay some of its FY 2014 budget preparations, which will in turn delay the budget´s submission to Congress,"

NRA´s LaPierre: You cannot
trust the White House
on gun control
American Thinker, by Joesph Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/4/2013 8:58:42 AM     Post Reply
The NRA´s Wayne LaPierre said on Fox News Sunday that "the public should not trust the White House to pursue limited changes to gun-control laws," as The Hill reports. Reminding viewers for comparison that ObamaCare "wasn´t a tax until they needed it to be a tax," LaPierre could also have recalled Obama´s keep-your-doctor, keep-your-plan, reduce-the-cost, reduce-the-deficit deceptions. Or LaPierre could have referred to Obama´s telling the Brady group he was working on gun control "under the radar." Or he could

Hagel in the Headlights
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/4/2013 8:56:01 AM     Post Reply
Even for controversial nominees, Senate confirmation hearings are usually a time to shine in the center of the media spotlight. In his confirmation hearing last week, Chuck Hagel didn’t look like a star under a spotlight: Hagel looked like a deer in the headlights. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel went through a whole day of questioning in his quest to be the next Secretary of Defense by delivering fumbling, nearly incoherent remarks, flip-flopping on his long record of opposition to Israel and toughness against terrorists (including Iran) faster than a freshly-caught fish.

As the World Turns, So Do
the Wheels of Roller Derby
Wall Street Journal, by Matt Moffett    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/4/2013 8:55:10 AM     Post Reply
MADRID—When Clara Colome´s small business failed in Spain´s grinding recession, she picked up the pieces with a little help from her friends, "Pandemonium" and "Hell on Wheels." Those are the nicknames of her teammates on the Black Thunders Derby Dames, a local roller derby team that is part of a global boom in the full-contact skating sport. Ms. Colome, who skates as "Heidi Maiden," says that roller derby lifted her out of the doldrums by giving her renewed self-confidence as well as a sense of camaraderie. But what Ms. Colome really needed in a recent exhibition bout against the camouflage-wearing

Barack Obama, Gun Enthusiast
American Spectator, by Andrew Cline    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 8:52:49 AM     Post Reply
One of President Obama’s greatest political strengths is his ability to convince people that he understands them not in the abstract, but through shared experiences. You have to struggle to get by? Boy, does he know what that’s like. You’ve had bad experiences with your health insurer? He had to sue his mother’s insurer over improperly denied coverage. You’re a gun enthusiast? Hey, he goes shooting all the time! Obama used such biography-based narratives to great effect in 2008 and 2012. Sometimes they are true, or at least based in truth.

  



Ageless: Lakewood man
shocked when his blood
pressure medication rose
from $8 to $105
Asbury Park Press Online, by MIcxhale Diamond    Original Article
Posted By: mikeyt64- 2/4/2013 8:50:31 AM     Post Reply
Emil Conti’s blood pressure was under control thanks to his daily use of the generic drug Verapamil, but it didn’t get any help in January, when he saw his monthly co-payment for the drug rise from $8 to $105. Conti, 83, of Lakewood, was taken aback. He thought he had done the things he needed to keep the cost low. Instead, he was going to have to reach deeper to pay for prescription drugs.

Tax Loopholes May
Be Next, Obama Says
New York Times, by Mark Landler    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/4/2013 8:46:31 AM     Post Reply
Washington--President Obama said in a televised interview on Sunday that he could foresee a budget deal in Congress that did not include further increases in tax rates but instead focused on eliminating loopholes and deductions. Mr. Obama has generally insisted that all revenue options, including higher rates, should be considered to slow the rise of federal budget deficits. But in the interview with Scott Pelley of CBS News, he said, “I don’t think the issue right now is raising rates.”

Fact Check—CNN´s Blitzer:
Sheriffs Can´t Defy Executive Orders
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 2/4/2013 8:45:20 AM     Post Reply
Discussing gun control, CNN´s Wolf Blitzer on Friday told a Utah sheriff that if Barack Obama issues an executive order, that order is the law and the sheriff must obey. However, jurisprudence on this topic reveals exactly the opposite. As the head of the executive branch of the federal government, a president can issue executive orders only to employees of the federal government—and only regarding implementing federal laws or programs. A governor can likewise issue executive orders to employees of his state government regarding the laws or programs of that state.
Source corrected by Staff.

As Extremists Invaded,
Timbuktu Hid Artifacts
of a Golden Age
New York Times, by Lydia Polgreen    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/4/2013 8:42:11 AM     Post Reply
Timbuktu, Mali--When the moment of danger came, Ali Imam Ben Essayouti knew just what to do. The delicate, unbound parchment manuscripts in the 14th-century mosque he leads had already survived hundreds of years in the storied city of Timbuktu. He was not about to allow its latest invaders, Tuareg nationalist rebels and Islamic extremists from across the region, to destroy them now. So he gingerly bundled the 8,000 volumes in sackcloth, carefully stacked them in crates, then quietly moved them to a bunker in an undisclosed location. “These manuscripts, they are not just for us in Timbuktu,”

Rev. Jesse Jackson Calls for
an Urban Policy Intervention
to Curb Gun Violence in Chicago
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 8:12:55 AM     Post Reply
There are new calls for President Obama to intervene in Chicago where a teen who performed at the 2013 inauguration was fatally shot. Reverend Jesse Jackson held a march yesterday in honor of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. She was gunned down by gang members who fired into crowd as she talked in a park with friends. Jackson spoke to Eric Shawn on America’s News HQ about gun violence. He said there needs to be an urban policy intervention. “We’re looking at a real crisis of the pains of poverty. […] You can’t police poverty.”

Eat More Chicken and
Your Skin Will Thicken
Townhall, by Mike Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/4/2013 8:08:00 AM     Post Reply
My friends at Campus Reform are on top of it, as usual. They always expose the thin-skinned idiocy of campus liberals and give me lots of column fodder in the process. (Snip) Campus Reform is reporting that Chick-fil-A, the popular fast food restaurant chain, has now been dubbed a "symbol of hate," by a professor at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). Lisa Moyer, who teaches in the Family Studies Department at EIU, apparently made the comment with a straight face, although some have suggested that the term "straight face" reinforces heterosexist oppression.

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