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Obama ´Matrix´ -- a world of deniability
USA Today, by Tim Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 5:38:47 AM     Post Reply
"The buck stops here." There´s a sustaining beauty to President Harry Truman´s desk sign. In four simple words, it offers a defining purpose to an office of immense complexity -- in the end, the president holds the final responsibility. Most presidents accept this narrative. But nearly five years into office -- after Fast and Furious, after Benghazi, after the snooping on Associated Press phone records, after the IRS political vendetta and now the Obamacare website mess, President Obama has shown his preference for a different kind of "buck" -- with a deliberately amorphous Constitution. By his own choice, Obama has become the

Where Not To Die In 2014: The
Changing Wealth Tax Landscape
Forbes, by Ashlea Ebeling    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/3/2013 5:35:38 AM     Post Reply
Despite the new generous federal estate tax law, there’s reason to worry about estate taxes. There are 19 states and the District of Columbia that impose separate state levies. And just because you live in a no-estate-tax state now, don’t get complacent. What if you move in your old age to the estate-tax-happy Northeast to be closer to your family? Or what if your state gets revenue-hungry like Illinois which reinstated its estate tax in 2011, Delaware which made a “temporary” estate tax permanent this summer, or Minnesota that recently tweaked its law to disallow common ways folks now get

Three Guys Built a
Better Healthcare.gov
Atlantic, by Connor Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 5:26:20 AM     Post Reply
The Affordable Health Care act rollout was an unmitigated disaster thanks in large part to a cluttered website that both didn´t work and was offensively ugly. Maybe things would not have gone so poorly if HealthCare.gov looked something like this. No one knows the resources that went into building HealthCare.gov, but the government quickly realized it wasn´t enough after that terrible first day, so they decided to bring in a crew of leading tech experts to fix the website´s many, many problems. But the job was already at least partially completed by three unknown coders living in San Francisco. Meet the Health

  


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Cirque du Soleil performer injured
after ‘Wheel of Death’ fall in Las Vegas
New York Daily News, by Joel Landau    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/3/2013 5:20:04 AM     Post Reply
The wheel of death has survivors. A Cirque du Soleil performer slipped and fell off the "Wheel of Death" during a performance at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Friday night, the company stated on its Facebook page. The company, which features a mix of circus arts and street entertainment, reported the accident halted the show and the artist was transported to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. The performer is listed in stable condition and is expected to be released within a few days, the company said. Cirque does not reveal the names of artists injured during

I Know Why The Caged
Op-Ed Columnist Sings
American Spectator, by Joshua Shnayer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 5:15:23 AM     Post Reply
Did you know that President Obama might be reading The American Spectator? “Most nights, before going to bed, he’ll surf the Internet, reading the columnists whose opinions he values,” writes Dylan Byers in a Politico piece called “President Obama: Off the Record.” One wonders whether Obama spends a lot of time in the comments section—hopefully with a more creative alias than Carlos Danger. Byers describes the president as a voracious consumer of opinion journalism who frequently summons his favorite writers to the White House for off-the-record discussions where “he can show them how obviously everything he is doing makes sense.” Byers

Fed appeal panel says Citizens United
might end Obamacare´s HHS mandate
Washington Examiner [DC], by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 5:12:59 AM     Post Reply
Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that bolstered political speech against campaign finance reform limitations, may also mean trouble for Obamacare´s contraception coverage mandate, according to the second-highest court in the country. Attorneys for Francis and Philip Gilardi argued that the Gilardis should not be required to provide contraception to their employees because it violates their religious beliefs. The Gilardis own Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics in Ohio and are devout Catholics. They argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects them from having to comply with the mandate, promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Writing for the U.S.

Our Friends the Saudis
American Conservative, by Scott McConnell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/3/2013 5:05:25 AM     Post Reply
I made this point in a casual bloggy way, so I’m very glad to see it made more rigorously by a highly regarded author and commentator. In Time, Fareed Zakaria punctures the notion that the Saudis are the Mideastern ally which must be catered to (this has become a new neocon meme, especially useful for those who want to downplay the Israel lobby’s role in influencing American Mideast policy.) Key Zakaria graf: If there were a prize for Most Irresponsible Foreign Policy it would surely be awarded to Saudi Arabia. It is the nation most responsible for the rise of Islamic

  


  

Kennedys feuded before bodies
were recovered in JFK Jr. crash
New York Post, by Isabel Vincent & Melissa Klein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 5:00:28 AM     Post Reply
Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. kept secret diaries that were found by his wife, Mary, who committed suicide last year in the midst of a contentious divorce. The Post, which was provided copies of the journals by a source, previously reported how the volumes detailed RFK’s “lust demons” while chronicling his sexual conquests with 37 women. Now, newly revealed entries show the family’s reaction to JFK Jr.’s death in 1999. The tragic death of John F. Kennedy Jr. was marked by deep sorrow — and intense family bickering over the funerals before the bodies were even recovered, according to Robert F.

How Obama crossed the line
from bulls–t to dishonesty
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 4:57:18 AM     Post Reply
How Americans see President Obama changed in an important way this week. It’s because there is a huge difference between lies and bulls – - t. Obama says a lot of things that are not true, even nonsensical. But it’s easy to shrug off most of these, because they aren’t really lies. They’re just bulls – - t. Bulls – - t is airy, meaningless drivel, the stuff that campaigns are made of. Or it’s a misleading oversimplification with hidden qualifiers. Not only do we forgive bulls – - t, we like it. Especially suckers who have far too high an opinion

In Rob Ford scandal, what
will the second video reveal?
The Star [Toronto], by Rosie DiManno    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/3/2013 4:48:12 AM     Post Reply
Now we know why Mayor Rob Ford refused to have an official driver. Who would want a chauffeur at the wheel — with long ears and beady eyes — during all those mystifying late-night peregrinations around the city: pulling over in parking lots, gas stations, Tim Hortons, near high schools; the rambles down isolated pathways, left strewn with empty vodka bottles and juice boxes? Who would want a witness — insufficiently trustworthy — to twitchy transactions, packages and manila envelopes exchanged between a chief magistrate and his bagman, content of the goods unknown, though bird-dogging cops noted the behavior certainly

From Russia, With
Intercontinental
Ballistic Missiles
PJ Media, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 4:45:32 AM     Post Reply
It’s a sign of just how fast the balance of world power is shifting, that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin oversaw a huge exercise of Russia’s nuclear forces this Wednesday, involving — as the AP reported – “multiple test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, a formidable demonstration of Russia’s resurgent military power.” This follows the entry of Russian warships into the Mediterranean, concurrent with the Russia-brokered deal to relieve Syria’s Assad regime of its chemical weapons, at the cost of relieving the U.S. of any real influence in what might come next. That followed the biggest war games launched by the

  


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Great idea: Venezuela
seizing U.S. oil rigs
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 4:40:58 AM     Post Reply
Nicolas Maduro has so far managed to mostly avoid the showy expropriations of which his predecessor Hugo Chavez was so very fond in times of political need, but the rapidly deteriorating social and economic situation in Venezuela is moving toward a desperate-times, desperate-measures scenario for the new Venezuelan leader. The socialist country relies on oil for almost all of its exports and about half of its government revenue, but their lately dwindling production capacity is a reflection — not of dwindling supply (indeed, they some of the world’s largest proven reserves) – but rather of dwindling investment in their shady

Just How Badly Has Snowden
Wrecked American Power?
Real Clear World, by James A. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/3/2013 4:38:04 AM     Post Reply
Political scientists and military strategists have tried to define a new grand strategy for America since the end of the Cold War. Despite repeated efforts, the results have not been compelling, perhaps because they start from the wrong premise about America´s continued global role. The chaotic global political situation we face now, with clashing values and interests, is not the same as a military threat to freedom from hostile totalitarian regimes against whom we could lead and defend. In the current situation, we are just another contender for power, one whose ideas, no matter how exceptional, are often greeted with

Health Care Shoppers Aren’t
as Dumb as Obama Thinks
Yahoo! Finance, by Rick Newman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/3/2013 4:36:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama calls them “substandard” insurance plans. But to many of the people who bought individual insurance policies that are now being canceled under the Affordable Care Act, their choice of insurance was a prudent decision that met their needs at a price that will be hard to beat under the ACA. Jim Stadler is one of the “5 percenters”—the 5% of Americans with health insurance policies they purchased on their own—who got notified recently that their carrier was canceling coverage because it didn’t meet the tougher new minimum requirements of the ACA. Stadler, a freelance writer who lives outside

How Ted Cruz Won
the Shutdown Drama
American Thinker, by Jonathon Moseley    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 11/3/2013 4:34:19 AM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his Republican colleagues won the shutdown drama in October. However, the effects are still gradually rippling through the electorate. And the full results will depend upon Republicans understanding the strategy (they don´t) and continuing to implement conservatives´ obvious plan consistently for maximum impact (unlikely). Approval has dropped five percent for President Barack Obama since the October government shutdown, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal opinion survey. Obama´s disapproval rating has reached a toxic 51 percent -- as even Obama-worshiping NBC News admits. Over 50 percent of voters disapproving is considered fatal for an incumbent

  


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Suits claim Love Canal
still oozing 35 years later
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 4:32:20 AM     Post Reply
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Thirty-five years after Love Canal´s oozing toxic waste scared away a neighborhood and became a symbol of environmental catastrophe, history could be repeating itself. New residents, attracted by promises of cleaned-up land and affordable homes, say in lawsuits that they are being sickened by the same buried chemicals from the disaster in the Niagara Falls neighborhood in the 1970s. "We´re stuck here. We want to get out," said 34-year-old Dan Reynolds, adding that he´s been plagued by mysterious rashes and other ailments since he moved into the four-bedroom home purchased a decade ago for $39,900.

Home For Holocaust Survivors
Sees Last Generation
Associated Press, by Sharon Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 4:23:29 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- Listen to the many harrowing stories of war, suffering and survival, all under one roof: On the third floor, there´s Margie. A prisoner of Nazi labor camps, she hauled backbreaking cement bags and was beaten with clubs. Sometimes, she had only a piece of bread to eat every other day. She weighed 56 pounds when she was freed. Down the hall, there´s Edith. Though pregnant, she miraculously avoided the gas chamber at Auschwitz. She lost her mother, father and husband in the camps. After liberation, she faced even more heartbreak: Her son died days after his birth. Up on the eighth

Exclusive: Benghazi Whistleblower
Says He Was Smeared
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/3/2013 4:23:12 AM     Post Reply
The Benghazi whistleblower whose new book details massive security failures in the run-up to the September 11, 2012 attacks denies he wrote an incident report made public this week that undermines key details in his memoir. The debate over the Obama administration’s actions before and after the attack on the U.S. mission was reignited following an Oct. 27 60 Minutes report featuring an interview with Morgan Jones, a pseudonym for a British security contractor who trained and advised the local Libyan guard force for the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Jones’s book, The Embassy House, was released two days later and

Pakistan Slams US For
Killing Taliban Leader
Associated Press, by Rebecca Santana & Ishtiaq Mahsud    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/3/2013 4:21:06 AM     Post Reply
ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani government Saturday accused the U.S. of sabotaging peace talks with domestic Taliban fighters by killing their leader in a drone strike, as the militants began the process of choosing a successor. The rise in tension, even though the U.S. took out Pakistan´s No. 1 enemy, shows just how complicated the relationship between the professed allies can be. The two repeatedly have clashed over issues such as drone strikes and Pakistan´s alleged support for militants fighting U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistani Taliban leader slain Friday, Hakimullah Mehsud, was a ruthless figure known for a deadly attack on

Egypt´s Trial: True Justice Will
Reveal Morsi´s Alliances
Canada Free Press, by Dr. Ashraf Ramelah    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 11/3/2013 4:19:11 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, November 4th, an Egyptian Triple Seven elite military force helicopter will transport former Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, out of secret hiding where he has been held in custody by authorities since July 3rd this year. Morsi will be flown to a courtroom inside Toro Police School to begin his trial for high treason and other suspected crimes. On the eve of his political career and presidential candidacy, Morsi sat in prison awaiting trial for spying against Egypt. Now he is accused of continuing these efforts during his presidency. According to Egyptian news agencies, Morsi recently notified his family that

  



Bankrupting America: Or, Gorbachev’s revenge
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 11/3/2013 3:24:48 AM     Post Reply
It is a well-known fact that Ronald Reagan’s military buildup in the 1980s was largely intended to force the Soviet Union to spend money it didn’t have on weapons it didn’t need. The goal? Bankrupting the Soviet Union [SNIP]Thus, for the past 30 years, forces have been at work to undermine America in just the way that Reagan undermined the Soviet Union. Not in an arms race, because America has no stomach for war any longer — not after one failed venture after another — but by using a cunning strategy that cannot fail to bring us to our knees

Obama Promises to Secure Border
After Amnesty in Place
Canada Free Press, by John Lillpop    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 11/3/2013 2:21:45 AM     Post Reply
While Barack Obama’s grotesque lie, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it!” haunts millions of Americans who are learning first-hand that the exact opposite is true, The One, in concert with corrupt RINOS and Democrats (whom are automatically understood to be universally corrupt), is counting on another WHOPPER to codify his amnesty nightmare into federal law. With respect to amnesty, the equivalent Obama lie is, “Once we pass reform (AKA, Amnesty), we will secure the borders!) Translated: If you like American sovereignty, language, and culture you CAN KEEP IT——if you pass amnesty!

Obama: 15.8 Million Insignificant
The Intelligencer [WV], by Mike Myer    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 11/3/2013 2:13:26 AM     Post Reply
I suppose liberal politicians have to operate by the philosophy that if you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs. But 15.8 million of them? That´s a lot of broken eggs - even through the White House spin masters don´t want you to look at it that way. During the past few weeks, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Americans have been notified that they are being dropped from the health insurance coverages they have now. Some may remember President Barack Obama´s promises, made over and over again, that if you like the insurance you have, Obamacare

The Silence of the Left
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 11/3/2013 2:02:17 AM     Post Reply
There is widespread fury at the lies which were used to sell ObamaCare, a more than 2,000-page piece of legislation no one read before it was passed, a law opposed by the majority of voters which was crammed down our throats without a single Republican vote. The law essentially was a mishmash blank slate which left it to the administration´s HHS head, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to write as she pleased and the president to -- by Executive order -- pay off with exemptions and special treatment those cronies and rent seekers not already paid off in the legislative and regulatory

FOX News´s Kirsten Powers: The
Journey From Atheist To Christian
- Thread Closed
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Kirsten Powers    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 11/3/2013 1:41:13 AM     Post Reply
Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I´d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion—especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt. I grew up in the Episcopal Church in Alaska, but my belief was superficial and flimsy. It was borrowed from my archaeologist father, who was so brilliant he taught himself to speak and read Russian.

In midst of Syrian war, giant
Jesus statue arises
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 11/3/2013 12:49:40 AM     Post Reply
Beirut – In the midst of a conflict rife with sectarianism, a giant bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions in the country´s civil war. Jesus stands, arms outstretched, on the Cherubim mountain, overlooking a route pilgrims took from Constantinople to Jerusalem in ancient times. The statue is 40 feet tall and stands on a base that brings its height to 105 feet, organizers of the project estimate. That the statue made it to Syria and went up without incident on Oct. 14 is remarkable. The project took eight

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