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Senator Graham: America Has
Killed 4,700 People With Drones
Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2013 5:25:11 AM     Post Reply
Strange things happen when a country kills people but refuses to give even a rough estimate of how many. Have American drone strikes killed 2,000 humans? 3,000 humans? 4,000 humans? 5,000 humans? 6,000 humans? No one knows for sure. President Obama avers that citizens are right to debate the killings. But he won´t reveal how many men, women, and children are killed. In response, several nonprofits have endeavored to parse media reports from Pakistan and beyond. They´re our best sources until the truth outs, as it eventually tends to do. Enter Senator Lindsey Graham, who sits

The great overblown sequester panic
New York Post, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2013 5:16:10 AM     Post Reply
Prepare for the end of food safety as we have known it. For a breakdown in public order. For little children languishing in ignorance. If only Edward Gibbon were here to chronicle the devastation. On March 1, the fabric of our civilization begins to unwind. That’s when the economy begins to stall and we turn our back on our values, all because the federal government will have to begin to cut a few tens of billions of dollars from the largest budget the world has ever known. This is the lurid fairy tale spun

Good Fathers Do More To
Stem Violence Than Gun Control
Investor´s Business Daily, by Larry Elder    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/23/2013 5:16:01 AM     Post Reply
Dads matter. President Barack Obama said it recently in Chicago, a city on track for 600 murders this year, the equivalent of two Sandy Hooks per month. Too bad he still does not understand that his left-wing ideology is the problem. (Snip) Obama, in Chicago, finally talked about the lack of fathers and the impact this has on crime rather than complain about the number of rounds in a magazine: "For a lot of young boys and young men in particular, they don´t see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles, who are in a position to support families

  


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Blame Jane: Ted Turner´s son
says Fonda made dad a lib
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2013 5:07:21 AM     Post Reply
Teddy Turner, son of billionaire media mogul Ted Turner and Republican candidate for Congress, said his father’s marriage to Jane Fonda prompted his major left turn. “I was raised in a different time at the Turner household … a very conservative household with capitalism and all of that kind of stuff,” the younger Turner told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.” Teddy Turner is running for Congress in South Carolina, where he faces former Gov. Mark Sanford in a Republican primary. His platform includes opposition to taxes and same-sex marriage and he is a global warming skeptic –

Detroit Tops 2013 List Of
America´s Most Miserable Cities
Forbes, by Ken Badenhausen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2013 5:02:43 AM     Post Reply
Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. “Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued. The latest blow

The Electric Car Is
an Abomination
Real Clear Politics, by Robert Tracinski    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2013 4:46:03 AM     Post Reply
Electric cars never really made any sense. They are cloaked in the sanctimony of the green movement, because they don´t use nasty fossil fuels like gasoline. Instead, they use electricity, which is sent out through power lines from big power plants, which generate this electricity—how? Oh yes, by burning fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas. This is known as the "long tailpipe," which goes from the car charging up in your garage all the way back to the smokestack of a coal-fired power plant. And don´t forget, electric cars also have giant batteries made from nasty toxic metals

Why Obama Should Sit
Down and Keep Quiet
National Journal, by Charlie Cook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2013 4:42:37 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes, silence really is golden. In politics, taking the path of highest visibility isn’t always the smartest way to do things. This week presented two good examples of that principle being violated, one by a Democrat and the other by a Republican. As we watch President Obama stumping for comprehensive immigration reform, the question arises: Does his high-visibility association with this issue make reform more or less likely to happen? The challenge of achieving comprehensive immigration legislation is not in winning the votes of House and Senate Democrats; it’s in getting enough Republican votes to pass it

  


  

3 Political Sisters in Pa.
Convicted of Corruption
Associated Press, by Joe Mandak & Peter Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2013 4:36:11 AM     Post Reply
The story has more irony than a Greek tragedy. Three sisters from a devoutly Catholic family have seen their personal and political careers ruined by a scandal that began with, of all things, a letter to some nuns. Thursday´s conviction of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her aide and sister, Janine Orie, on campaign corruption charges mean they might join a third sister — former state Sen. Jane Orie — in state prison. No sentencing date has been set. The former senator was sentenced last year to 2½ to 10 years for using

Hollywood´s Bodyguards: Inside the
World of Celebrity Security Detail
ABC News, by Clayton Sandell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2013 4:31:45 AM     Post Reply
From Oscar contenders to Lady Gaga, it seems everybody who is anybody in Hollywood has a security detail in their entourage and there are some who see it as a big business opportunity. Kent Moyer, who got his start working security for the Playboy Mansion, founded the World Protection Group 12 years ago as a bodyguard training program to produce professional alternatives to the hired thug. "If you look at some of the Hollywood people and what we call the so-called ´bodyguard-type,´ big people, no training, maybe bouncer from clubs, maybe friends that they picked that are really tall, big,

Obama´s Dystopia
American Thinker, by Leo Pusateri    Original Article
Posted By: thudlike- 2/23/2013 3:44:10 AM     Post Reply
Just prior to the 2008 elections, Barack Obama boldly stated, "We are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America" (October 30, 2008) Many among my conservative friends took that to be so much fluff; pretty much liberal boilerplate consistent with his whole "Hope and Change" campaign message. Given, however, Obama´s background, cutting his teeth with the radical leftists/communists of his day (i.e., Frank Marshall Davis, Bernadine Dorn, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright) I chose to take him at his word.

White House to give senators
Benghazi documents
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/23/2013 12:01:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A congressional aide says the White House has agreed to give the Senate Intelligence Committee documents related to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Republicans had demanded the documents as a condition of voting on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director. The congressional aide says the documents include emails between top national security officials showing the debate within the administration over how to describe the attack and other documents the committee had been asking for. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity

  


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First lady jokes about
hosting ´Tonight Show´
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2013 11:57:19 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Michelle Obama says she´s eyeing another campaign in 2016 and, contrary to speculation, it doesn´t involve running for public office. During her first appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Friday, the host asked her to consider a Michelle-Hillary ticket for president in 2016. The latter is former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to Mrs. Obama´s husband. Speculation is rampant that Clinton is gearing up to run again in 2016. "You know, I have my eye actually on another job. And I hear that when Jay Leno retires

Obama to attend Gridiron dinner
The Hill [Washington DC], by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2013 11:49:36 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will attend the annual Gridiron dinner, the organization told its members on Friday. "I am pleased to report that President Obama has accepted our invitation to the March 9, 2013, Spring Dinner, his fourth Gridiron dinner," organization President Chuck Lewis informed members in an email, which was obtained by The Hill. The white-tie event is one of the most exclusive in Washington. Membership to the Gridiron Club and Foundation is limited to 65 journalists and is by invitation-only. The dinner is famous for its satirical musical skits by the members. It is an off-the-record event with press coverage barred

Obama brief fuels marriage fight
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2013 11:45:56 PM     Post Reply
A legal brief the Justice Department filed with the Supreme Court Friday asking the justices to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act is raising hopes among gay rights advocates that President Barack Obama is on the verge of embracing a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The brief formally urges the court to declare unconstitutional the portion of the 1996 law barring recognition of same-sex marriages by the federal government for income tax purposes, federal employee benefits, immigration and myriad other programs

On CNN, Cause of Chicago
Violence Is – You Guessed
It – The GOP
Newsbusters, by Mike Bates    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2013 11:37:22 PM     Post Reply
Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in over 80 years. Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans. We learned that this morning on CNN Newsroom when anchor Carol Costello asked her “Talk Back” guests about Retired Lt. General Russel Honore’s suggestion to use National Guard troops to curb murders in Chicago. Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman astutely pinpointed the reason for Chicago’s

  


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McCain, Obama to meet
on immigration Tuesday
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2013 11:31:20 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY- U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday that he and other lawmakers working on an immigration overhaul will meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday to discuss the effort to revamp the system. McCain, a member of a bipartisan group of eight senators working on a bill, said there is still significant disagreement with the president, but he is optimistic about producing legislation that includes a path to legalization for illegal immigrants. The White House could not immediately confirm the Tuesday meeting. "The president of the United States has supported our efforts.

Youth abandoning Obama;
just 43% approve
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2013 11:14:41 PM     Post Reply
He couldn´t have won reelection without their enthusiastic support, but now younger voters are abandoning President Obama, logging a depressing 43 percent approval rating for their political hero in a new poll. The just-released Economist/YouGov poll reports that only older Americans age 65 and above have a worse view of the president, with 53 percent disapproving of his performance and 47 approving. Among voters aged 18-29, 49 percent disapprove of Obama´s job performance while 43 percent approve. The rest are not sure. "Although they were a critical part of his electoral victory,

As furloughs loom, unions
try to soften sequester blow
for federal workers
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2013 11:00:37 PM     Post Reply
Federal government labor unions and agency managers are bargaining over how and when to carry out first-of-their-kind furloughs of more than a million employees as deep spending cuts are all but certain to kick in Friday. Union leaders cannot stop the furloughs or determine who in each agency must take them. They say their best option is to soften the pain of unpaid days, which could slash federal pay by up to 20 percent this fiscal year. They are demanding that employees be able to choose when to take days off and volunteer for more to help financially

The manufactured crisis of sequester
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2013 10:58:33 PM     Post Reply
Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!” As in: Batten down the hatches — the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar — spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chain-saw massacre — we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending!

Caligula’s Horse
National Review Online, by Peter Kirsanow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2013 10:54:22 PM     Post Reply
Chuck Hagel easily proved himself unfit to be secretary of defense during his nomination hearing. Not only was he ignorant of fundamental aspects of the job, but his positions on some of the critical defense issues of the day are preposterous if not dangerous. No one disputes that his performance at the hearing was the worst and most embarrassing of any nominee for any prominent position in memory. Yet by all reports he will be our next secretary of defense. Why? The explanation heard most frequently from senators and pundits alike is a robotic “the president is entitled

  



McConnell Throws a No-Hitter
National Review Online, by Daniel Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2013 10:51:43 PM     Post Reply
I’ve learned a few things (I hope) in my three and half years covering politics in the Obama era. And Number One With a Bullet is this: if you ever want to know where to find the rightward-most, feasible position for Republicans to take in a given political crisis — and as the president is wont to point out, there’s a new one every week — look for Mitch McConnell. He’s usually sitting there in a folding chair, waiting for everybody else to show up. McConnell’s disposition on a given issue can be either heartening

Oh Goodie: DoD Spends $5.2
Million on “Goldfish Studies”
Townhall, by Daniel Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2013 9:37:40 PM     Post Reply
And unsurprisingly, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul isn’t happy about it. In truth, Paul has become one of the most outspoken Republican advocates in the upper chamber for cutting military spending -- a position too many on the Right seem wholly uncomfortable with. But after studying Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) shell-shocking report last year exposing Washington´s wasteful spending habits, Paul seems insistent that there are plenty of ways both Republicans and Democrats can come to together to reduce annual federal expenditures. And cutting military spending, he argues, is a good place to start:

Watch: Jimmy Fallon Performs ‘The
Evolution Of Mom Dancing’ …With
First Lady Michelle Obama
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2013 9:26:28 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama is making her second appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday night, and as the show wrote on Twitter, they just “couldn’t wait” until tonight to show America this epic segment. The last time the first lady was on the show, she brought Jimmy Fallon to the White House where the two competed in a fitness competition to promote her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight obesity. This time, Obama was on Fallon’s turf. Fallon decided to bring back a classic segment from last year’s Father’s Day, “The Evolution of Dad Dancing,” this time recreated as

Austin Sigg 911 tape:´I murdered
Jessica Ridgeway, I have
proof that I did´
KMGH-TV [Denver, CO], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 2/22/2013 9:18:48 PM     Post Reply
Jefferson County, Colo. - A judge ruled on Friday that there is enough evidence for a teen to stand trial for murder and attempted abduction about an hour after prosecutors played a 911 tape where Austin Sigg admitted to killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway and to trying to kidnap a female jogger. The five-minute recording played during a Friday preliminary hearing began with the teen´s mother, Mindy Sigg, calling 911 on the night of Oct. 23, 2012. "I need you to come to my house, my son wants to turn himself in for Jessica Ridgeway's murder," the mother tells a dispatcher.

Senator to Hagel: Open Your Archive
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2013 9:17:14 PM     Post Reply
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has written a letter to Chuck Hagel to ask that he open his Senate archive at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Graham, who also asks Hagel to authorize the release of past speeches organized by the Washington Speakers Bureau, believes interested parties should have access to the former Nebraska senator´s record. Graham first reminds Hagel, who has been nominated as secretary of defense, that he promised disclosure at his Senate confirmation hearing. He writes, "During your appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee,

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