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Help-for-hire start-ups
clicking in L.A.
Los Angeles Times, by Andrea Chang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/29/2013 12:40:41 PM     Post Reply
Dawn McCoy used to have to call a handyman for home repairs, a taxicab for a ride to the airport, a caterer to help out at a dinner party. Now, she turns to mobile apps and websites that quickly connect her with folks who complete the tasks for a fraction of the price charged by professional services. "You feel like it´s your peers helping you out," McCoy, 35, said. "And you don´t have to be a millionaire to have someone help you." In a city filled with personal assistants and others willing to do odds-and-ends jobs,

Palin to Rubio: ´Hope It Was
Worth 30 Pieces of Silver´
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 6/29/2013 12:29:31 PM     Post Reply
After reports that President Obama called Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to congratulate him on the passage of the immigration reform bill in the Senate – Rubio did not answer the call – former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) blasted Rubio:{Full Article}
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GOP warns of ‘train wreck’
ahead of ObamaCare rollout
The Hill [Washington DC], by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/29/2013 11:57:55 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) warned of a coming "train wreck" when enrollment begins in ObamaCare insurance exchanges this fall in the Republican weekly address. Roberts, an outspoken opponent of President Obama’s healthcare reforms, said that important questions remain before the exchanges, part of what he called a "massive federal government takeover," go into effect in October. “Too little is known about the exchanges. The fear is that only the sick will pay to join the exchange without young healthy people to foot the bill, then all costs will further skyrocket," Roberts said.

  


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Obama Brings Affirmative Action
Back With A Vengeance
Investor´s Business Daily, by Paul Sperry    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 6/29/2013 11:51:17 AM     Post Reply
While the Supreme Court rolls back the Voting Rights Act of 1965, condemning it as an unnecessary vestige of the civil-rights era, President Obama is acting as if America were still in the mid-´60s. His race-obsessed administration is bringing racial preferences and affirmative action back with a vengeance. And it´s doing so outside the legislative process, largely behind the scenes, through executive orders, regulations and prosecutions, effectively expanding existing civil-rights law. Consider the following race-based policy moves, which have gone largely unreported by the major media

Ecuador Goes Full Banana
Republic If It Swaps $4.1
Billion In Trade For ... Snowden
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 6/29/2013 11:46:08 AM     Post Reply
Trade: Most nations would kill to have Ecuador´s free-trade privileges with the U.S. Ecuador, however, has decided to scrap them for the fun of tweaking the U.S. over the Edward Snowden issue. It´s gone full banana republic. The radical-socialist South American country announced its decision to scrap its tariff-free trading pact with the U.S. Thursday, in response to a warning from a U.S. senator that its arrangement — granted in 1991 in exchange for its help in the war on drugs — would be jeopardized if the country granted National Security Agency renegade Edward Snowden asylum there.

Lake Travis may drop to
lowest level in LCRA history
KVUE [Austin TX], by Kris Betts & Chris Shadrock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/29/2013 11:44:54 AM     Post Reply
CENTRAL TEXAS- Every month, Lakes Travis and Buchanan lose enough water to fill 20,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Without rain to replenish the lakes, storage levels just keep dropping. “We´ve been on a gradual fall this entire spring and summer,” says Ryan Rowney with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Right now, the lakes have combined water storage of 725,000 acre feet. By July, it will likely drop to 700,000 acre feet and by September the LCRA says there is a chance it could drop below 600,000 acre feet. That would make the combined storage of those two lakes

150 Years of Misunderstanding
the Civil War
The Atlantic, by Tony Horwitz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/29/2013 11:29:32 AM     Post Reply
In early July, on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, pilgrims will crowd Little Round Top and the High Water Mark of Pickett´s Charge. But venture beyond these famous shrines to battlefield valor and you´ll find quiet sites like Iverson´s Pits, which recall the inglorious reality of Civil War combat. On July 1st, 1863, Alfred Iverson ordered his brigade of North Carolinians across an open field. The soldiers marched in tight formation until Union riflemen suddenly rose from behind a stone wall and opened fire. Five hundred rebels fell dead or wounded

  


  

Wasserman Schultz
global warming hysteria
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 6/29/2013 11:26:16 AM     Post Reply
Debbie Wasserman Schultz has claimed her Florida constituency will be underwater "in a few short years" because of global warming. Andrew Johnson in NRO: Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), who represents the Miami area, warned that unless climate change is addressed "in a few short years," rising sea levels will force her to represent areas more than two hundred miles away. (Snip) You see, this senior Democratic Party official has revealed to the nation that the Republican Party possesses a time travel tool, capable of taking the world into the past.

Texas Republicans Gear
Up for Abortion Battle
National Review Online, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/29/2013 11:16:53 AM     Post Reply
It’s going to be an interesting few weeks for Austin. After Texas State senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster kept anti-abortion legislation from passing by the end of the legislature’s special session, Texans are gearing up for a second special session, and it’s going to be theatrical. Predicting protests is an imperfect science, but one statehouse source tells me he’s hearing that up to 5,000 protesters could show up on Monday for the session’s first day. And a Texas Republican insider tells me to expect protests intended to shut the capitol down that could be reminiscent

Calorie tax: A cure for obesity?
WTVT-TV [Tampa, FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/29/2013 11:04:04 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA - Death and taxes: They are the two certainties in life. But can a tax actually help prevent death? A new study says raising the price of a calorie for home consumption by 10 percent could lower the percentage of body fat in youths by 8 or 9 percent. The study was done by the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a new report in the Washington Post says doctors are now asking for taxes on alcohol, tobacco, sugar and fat. Some call it a "sin tax." Experts feel our nation´s obesity problem and other bad habits

Imagine That: ´U.S. Warns
on Egypt Travel, Moves to
Reduce Presence´; Protest Sign:
´Obama Supports Terrorism´
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/29/2013 10:52:45 AM     Post Reply
(UPDATE: "Obama Supports Terrorism" sign obtained at Twitchy.com) This "Arab Spring" update comes from the Associated Press: "The Obama administration on Friday warned Americans against all but essential travel to Egypt and moved to reduce the official U.S. presence in the country amid fears of widespread unrest." No one could possibly have predicted this type of crisis would be a likely outcome of Hosni Mubarak´s overthrow -- ahem, except former U.S. ambassador John Bolton and other people considered ignoramuses by the diplomatic elite. Conditions on the ground reflect the growing tolerance of a diverse ethnic, religious, and democratically inclined leadership.

  


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AP´s Wiseman Indirectly
Reveals That Top Half of
Households Is Over $4 Trillion
Richer, While Bottom Half
Is 40%-60% Poorer
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/29/2013 10:47:20 AM     Post Reply
On Sunday, in a report which I contend would surely have been published on a weekday -- and more importantly, published with far greater clarity -- if a Republican or conservative were in the White House, the Associated Press´s Paul Wiseman essentially explored the following question: "Why aren´t people spending more if they´re so much richer?" The answer he found, which should surprise no one in touch with reality, is that quite a few of us aren´t richer. We´re poorer. But Wiseman also cryptically revealed some of the dollar amounts involved and enough other information to enable one to

Obama tells leaders to
follow Mandela´s example
Associated Press, by Julie Pace & Nedra Pickler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/29/2013 10:41:16 AM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG- President Barack Obama encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world Saturday to follow former South African President Nelson Mandela´s example of country before self, as the U.S. president prepared to pay personal respects to relatives who have been gathered around the critically ill anti-apartheid icon. "We as leaders occupy these spaces temporarily and we don´t get so deluded that we think the fate of our country doesn´t depend on how long we stay in office," Obama said. Obama spoke at a news conference with South African President Jacob Zuma in the midst of a weeklong tour

From Africa, Obama sends home
more global warming worries
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 6/29/2013 10:38:06 AM     Post Reply
A few days ago, I unveiled a new national plan to confront the growing threat of a changing climate. Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on the world we leave to our children. Already, we know that the 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15. And while we know no single weather event is caused solely by climate change, we also know that in a world that’s getting warmer than it used to be, all weather events are affected by it.

Heat wave: ´Blast Furnace´
heat engulfs the West
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/29/2013 10:37:05 AM     Post Reply
An "atmospheric blast furnace" engulfed the sunbaked Western half of the nation in dangerous triple-digit temperatures, forecasters said, raising concerns for homeless people and others unable to escape near record temperatures expected over the weekend. An excessive heat warning is in effect for the sun-baked deserts of southeast California, parts of Nevada and southern Arizona through Sunday, as a large area of high pressure traps hot air across the area, theNational Weather Service said. Highs of 129 F are forecast for California´s Death Valley over the weekend, while the tourist mecca of Las Vegas is expected to match

  


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GOP: Turns out, folks, you can´t really
keep your healthcare plan if you like it
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 6/29/2013 10:33:47 AM     Post Reply
This is Senator Pat Roberts. Let me be the first to wish you and your family a happy Independence Day as our nation recognizes our hard won freedoms. As we celebrate the fourth, it will be a mere 89 days until the October first deadline when millions of Americans are forced to purchase health insurance in a special marketplace. Health care as you know it will change. [Snip] Simply put, will you and your family have the health insurance you need to ensure your well-being? Right now, you can’t answer these questions and neither can the Obama Administration.

Cover the IRS,
Don´t Cover for It
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/29/2013 10:25:19 AM     Post Reply
Documents Show Liberals in I.R.S. Dragnet," read the New York Times headline. "Dem: ´Progressive´ Groups Were Also Targeted by IRS," said U.S. News. The scandal has "evaporated into thin air," bayed the excitable Andrew Sullivan. A breathlessly exonerative narrative swept the news media this week: that liberal groups had been singled out and, by implication, abused by the IRS, just as conservative groups had been. Therefore, the scandal wasn´t a scandal but a mere bungle—a nonpolitical series of unhelpful but innocent mistakes. The problem with this story is that liberals were not caught in the IRS dragnet.

Rachel Jeantel testimony
reveals racial rift
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 6/29/2013 10:22:53 AM     Post Reply
The nation´s media remain focused on the George Zimmerman trail, making Rachel Jeantel suddenly a public icon. Criticisms of her communications difficulties and problematic attitudes have sparked a heated backlash from liberal defenders, claiming racism is at the root of disapproval. (snip)Whites are told that we cannot judge other cultures. They are all equally good, except Western culture, which is the source of all evil. If Ms. Jeantel can´t read the letter she supposedly wrote, then we must understand the unique value of a culture which focuses on "court nails" more than literacy.

Why Is It So Hard to
Negotiate With the Taliban?
Atlantic, by Frud Bezhan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/29/2013 10:15:58 AM     Post Reply
It was meant to be a breakthrough in the long and troubled path toward peace in Afghanistan. But when the Taliban opened an office in Qatar last week and said it was ready to talk to the United States, the move immediately stalled -- chiefly over complaints from Kabul, where the government was angry at being sidelined. Why have reconciliation efforts with the insurgents so far failed? That´s the topic of a new report by the New America Foundation and International Center for the Study of Radicalization called "Talking to the Taliban: Hope Over History."

Zombies in the Mineshaft
Weekly Standard, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 6/29/2013 10:15:41 AM     Post Reply
So I saw World War Z, the new Brad Pitt movie about a worldwide zombie outbreak, and here’s the surprising thing: I can’t decide whether it’s the most anti-Semitic movie ever made, or the most Zionist movie ever made. I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that the way with a deeply profound work of art—that it makes you question your assumptions and goes beyond narrow ideological categories? Well, yes. It is the way of a deeply profound work of art. But World War Z isn’t a deeply profound work of art.

  



Conservatives Pushing Back
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 6/29/2013 10:13:49 AM     Post Reply
The real defeat of totalitarian leftism will come when ordinary people in their everyday interactions as consumers and audiences stop being intimidated by its maledictions and curses. The Food Network relies upon just such typical Americans. Cooking and eating are the sorts of ordinary activities which should bind civil societies in relaxed and simple pleasure.(snip)The "experts," according to USA Today, have said that Paula Deen is done. They are wrong, but there must be more to it that just that.

Obama´s Perversity
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 6/29/2013 10:10:56 AM     Post Reply
In economics, a "perverse effect" means getting what you don´t want. If McDonald´s makes an executive decision to sell lousy burgers and ends up bankrupt, that is a perverse decision. Markets are tough on companies that act perversely, but the Amazonian jungle of government allows perverse incentives to flourish and spread. In our current state of national perversity we have massive voter ignorance and apathy (and therefore no punishment for misgovernment), a Senate that passes critical legislation without even bothering to read it, an income tax code written by special-interest lobbyists

New Yorker´s Bert and Ernie Gay
Marriage Cover Sparks Divisive Response
Hollywood Reporter, by Aaron Couch    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/29/2013 10:10:55 AM     Post Reply
The New Yorker has outed Sesame Street icons Bert and Ernie as a couple on it’s latest cover, and the reaction online has been strong in both directions. our editor recommends ´New Yorker´ Same-Sex Marriage Cover: Bert and Ernie Watch Supreme Court Decisions Next week’s cover, “Moment of Joy,” shows the puppets cuddling while watching an image of Supreme Court justices on television, implying the TV friends are a same-sex couple following coverage of this week’s rulings on two landmark gay marriage cases. Mia Farrow tweeted it’s “one of the best New Yorker covers ever,”

Obamacare: Because Mom said so
Politico, by Joanne Kenen    Original Article
Posted By: shalimar- 6/29/2013 9:09:28 AM     Post Reply
All those groups trying to get the “young, invincible” 20-somethings to sign up for Obamacare health insurance have identified a secret weapon. Mom. Advocacy groups from “Moms Rising” to AARP are working to reach the healthy, young adults who don’t think they need insurance — and their mothers who think they do. The groups plan to use everything from paid advertising — to guilt.

Racism Is a Tough Sell: The Real
Reason Everyone Dumped Paula Deen
Daily Beast, by Daniel Gross    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 6/29/2013 8:38:33 AM     Post Reply
Paula Deen has come undone. First came details of a lawsuit in which a former employee alleged racial insensitivity on the part of Deen. Then came her amateurish, tentative apologies on YouTube. A mawkish attempt at self-exculpation in an interview on the Today Show with Matt Lauer didn’t go much better. Instantly, a bevy of Fortune 500 companies that were more than happy to do business with Deen, have dropped her like a hot (sweet) potato. (Snip) In 2013, no national brand, in any industry, can afford to have an association with a person who expresses racial animus,

Outrage after Mayor Bloomberg says whites are
stopped and frisked more frequently than minorities
New York Post, by YOAV GONEN and DAN MACLEOD    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 6/29/2013 8:27:54 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Bloomberg’s off-the-cuff comments have finally come back to bite him. Hizzoner declared yesterday that whites are stopped and frisked at a higher rate than minorities based on city crime statistics — giving instant ammunition to his political opponents. “I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they say,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show. Bloomberg argued that black and Hispanic males are stopped disproportionately to the rate they are suspects in crimes — and that his critics base their statistics on the overall population.

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