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Dissent is the Highest Form of Tax Bracket
National Review, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/1/2013 10:33:36 AM     Post Reply
In Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, the eponymous Auric Goldfinger observes: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it’s enemy action. That may be overly generous. A couple of weeks back, cancer patient Bill Elliot, in a defiant appearance on Fox News, discussed the cancelation of his insurance and what he intended to do about it. He’s now being audited. Insurance agent C Steven Tucker, who quaintly insists that the whimsies of the hyper-regulatory bureaucracy do not trump your legal rights, saw the interview and reached out to Mr Elliot to help him. And he’s now being audited.

Obamacare: 500M Lines of Code,
$500M, 60% Complete, No Surprise
Breitbart Big Government, by John J. Xenakis    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/1/2013 10:32:50 AM     Post Reply
The historic IT disaster known as the Obamacare web site has been of intense interest to me, since I´ve been a Senior Software Engineer for decades, and I have personally participated in, witnessed, and reported on (as a technology reporter) a number of IT disasters. But even so, the size of the Obamacare web site catastrophe on October 1 still takes my breath away. When I first heard, shortly after October 1, that there was 500 million lines of code in Healthcare.gov, I quickly rejected that figure, because it´s impossible.

Income, IQ, and Effort
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/1/2013 10:18:30 AM     Post Reply
Liberal media bon pensants are in a huff over remarks delivered by London´s Mayor Boris Johnson suggesting that IQ and effort have something to do with income. (snip) Britain´s Guardian, which regards itself as the leading organ of the left wing intelligentsia, busied itself ginning up an editorial pretending that Johnson is probably a racist: [Johnson used] a bizarre metaphor - "The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top" - which was likely designed to confuse with colour, and make sure that this ambitious politician didn´t say too much.

  


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Wendi´s crush on Blair revealed
Daily Mail (UK), by Simon Walters    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/1/2013 10:09:14 AM     Post Reply
A sensational note written by Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng that reveals she had a ‘crush’ on Tony Blair has been found, it was revealed last night. The note was written before media tycoon Mr Murdoch filed for divorce when he discovered Ms Deng had spent weekends with Mr Blair at Mr Murdoch’s homes. A well-placed source said the document was written in the form of a note by Ms Deng to herself in which she expressed her ‘warm feelings’ for the former Prime Minister. In further dramatic developments surrounding the feud between the two men – who forged one of the most

New site opens Monday to help
with Obamacare sign-ups
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2013 9:40:59 AM     Post Reply
A new downtown location will be available to help people apply for health insurance at the healthcare.gov website, officials said. [Snip] State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, said that on opening day he will bring a Christmas tree to the center to decorate with ornaments symbolic of people signing up for insurance through the Affordable Health Care Act. Each decoration will represent an individual who was able to get coverage with the assistance of the center’s navigators or application counselors. The tree is scheduled to go up at 10 a.m. Monday. Gilliard said South Carolina has more than 700,000 uninsured residents.

Photos: Bronx: Major Train Derailment
Breaking 911, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LComStaff- 12/1/2013 9:29:58 AM     Post Reply
UPDATE 9:23AM: FDNY and NYPD have removed all passengers from the train and are now in the process of searching underneath the train. FDNY EMS has treated 45 patients with various injuries. There are 4 confirmed fatalities at this time. FDNY EMS continues treating additional patients. DOE has been requested to open JFK High School located at 99 Terrace View Ave as a family assistance center. ARC is on scene providing assistance to the passengers. Con Edison is en route to investigate the possibility of power lines running along the train tracks. Metro North reports there is a temporary train

Sacred soil from Flanders fields
arrives for war memorial
Sunday Express [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2013 9:22:00 AM     Post Reply
Soil from the First World War battlefields of Flanders was yesterday blessed and scattered in a memorial garden which will mark next year’s 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict. Seventy bags of “sacred soil” which arrived in London yesterday were taken by gun carriage from HMS Belfast to Wellington Barracks, where the “Flanders Fields 1914-2014” Memorial Garden is being created, designed by Belgian architect Piet Blanckaert. Eight-year-old Patrick Casey, of Barnet, north London, given the honour of pouring a casket of soil from all the battlefields into the garden, said: “It made me proud and excited.”

  


  

Their success in stationery
was in the cards
Los Angeles Times, by Shan Li    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 9:13:03 AM     Post Reply
The gig: Chelsea Shukov, 36, and Jamie Grobecker, 34, are the co-founders and creative directors behind Sugar Paper Los Angeles, a stationery company whose simple but elegantly designed cards, invitations, calendars and wrapping paper are carried in more than 800 stores in the United States and in countries such as Japan and Australia. (Snip) Sisters: They met in a sorority at UCLA. Shukov was a junior majoring in women´s studies; Grobecker was a freshman studying sociology. The two sorority sisters bonded over a shared love of art and growing up in families that drilled in good manners. "Our moms required

Five in GOP who could
succeed Boehner
The Hill (Washington DC), by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 8:59:05 AM     Post Reply
The post may not come open for a while, but the next generation of Republican leaders is waiting for the day that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decides he’s had enough of a job he’s famously compared to “a hole in the head.” Boehner has said he intends to remain Speaker in 2015 if Republicans hold the House majority, but the political battering he has endured for nearly three years has many in Washington wondering whether he will retire when his term ends next year. Yet the Ohio Republican emerged from last month’s government shutdown with a stronger hand internally, defusing,

Officials Say Health Care
Website is Improved
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 8:51:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The errors are fewer, the pages load faster, and more people can log on at the same time to the government´s troubled health care website, according to Obama administration officials. Yet, like doctors overseeing a sick patient, they caution that more rehab lies ahead. Amid all the problems with HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama set a deadline for Saturday for several significant problems to be resolved. The administration planned a conference call with reporters Sunday morning to give a status report. The White House is hoping for a fresh start once the website is operating more smoothly and can accommodate up

Metro-North train derails in The Bronx
New York Post, by Daniel Prendergast & David K. Li    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 8:47:53 AM     Post Reply
A Metro-North train derailed between Manhattan and the Bronx, spilling cars spilling into the water on Sunday morning, witnesses said. The accident happened at 7:20 a.m. about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station, as five of seven cars derailed, according to the MTA. The cars were being pushed by a locomotive south, headed for Grand Central Terminal. Tracks involved serve Metro-North’s Hudson line, including station stops in bedroom communities like Poughkeepsie, Peekskill, Croton-Harmon, Ossining, Dobbs Ferry and Yonkers. All Metro-North service between Croton-Harmon and Grand Central Terminal has been suspended.

  


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The secret society of warmists
Sunday Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2013 8:47:09 AM     Post Reply
In this week’s Spectator Diary, Lord (Nigel) Lawson, chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, partly lifts the veil on a curious “secret meeting” held at the House of Lords between a team from his GWPF and six scientists from the Royal Society. This arose from a bizarre personal attack made on Lord Lawson as a “climate denier” at an Australian university, by the Royal Society’s president, Sir Paul Nurse--a geneticist who has publicly shown that he knows little about climate science, but who believes that rising CO2 is disastrously causing the world to warm. After Lawson pointed out to

Niceness is the UK´s real
problem, not nastiness
Sunday Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2013 8:40:36 AM     Post Reply
Thirty days and counting until the influx that the Government dreads either does or does not materialise. The massed Romanians and Bulgarians, who may or may not be waiting for the magic date, present a terrifying political prospect not just to the Conservatives but to Labour as well, who tend to be blamed retrospectively for unlimited immigration even when they are out of office. The only party leader who can benefit from another wave of Eastern European migrants is Nigel Farage. If I were to suggest that he might be relishing this prospect I would probably hear from Mr Farage’s

Holy cow! Farmers donate cattle after
South Dakota blizzard kills livestock
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2013 8:36:55 AM     Post Reply
Hope on hooves is arriving in South Dakota, one heifer at a time. A month after a freak blizzard dumped up to 4 feet of snow in western South Dakota, killing about 14,000 cattle, 45 donated cattle from Montana designed to serve as breeding stock were sent on Friday to ranchers in The Mount Rushmore State. Another 400 cattle, including yearling and bred heifers worth as much as $75,000, have also been sent to South Dakota from neighboring Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota to help the afflicted ranchers get back on their feet ahead of the looming harsh winter. “The

Barack Obama and Iran:
How safe is our world?
Sunday Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2013 8:34:34 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama’s deals with Iran and Syria may protect us for now, but US pragmatism does not bode well for tomorrow. Geopolitics is an inexact science, but the off-the-scale responses to the events of the past few months in the Middle East should send any sensible analyst rushing to double-check their data. How is it that a putative nuclear deal with Iran can be welcomed as a “historic” opportunity in Washington and Tehran, but as a “historic mistake” in Jerusalem and “more dangerous than 9/11” in Riyadh, in the phrase of one leading Saudi Arabian commentator? At the very least

  


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The Laughable Liberal
´Moral Imperative´
American Thinker, by Trevor Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/1/2013 8:14:58 AM     Post Reply
Here the liberals go again: trying with all their might to prop up an increasingly unpopular piece of legislation. This time, no less than Robert Reich has attempted to take the "moral" high road and claim that there is a "moral imperative" to ObamaCare. Reich noted that recently he heard a young man express that he would rather pay a penalty than be forced by law to purchase health insurance. According to Reich, the young man asked, "Why should I pay for the sick and the old?" Reich´s answer is telling: "The answer is he has a responsibility to do so,

Netanyahu orders Mossad to
expose Iranian breaches of
interim deal
Times of Israel, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/1/2013 8:10:51 AM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the heads of Israel’s intelligence community to look for proof that Iran is violating an interim deal signed with the international community last week over its nuclear program, a British newspaper reported on Sunday. The Israeli spying effort to expose Iranian duplicity represents a direct challenge to US President Barack Obama’s efforts, it said. Mossad, as well as the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate, have been told to dig up evidence of Iranian duplicity ahead of Obama’s push to win support for the deal in Congress and thus head off legislators’ demands for further sanctions

Tension levels rising at abortion
protests outside Englewood clinic
The Record, by Rebecca Baker    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 12/1/2013 8:10:19 AM     Post Reply
ENGLEWOOD (NJ).--Twenty-four years ago, Englewood Police Chief Arthur O’Keefe was in the middle of the shoving and shouting matches between hundreds of abortion opponents and abortion-rights supporters outside a women’s clinic in the city. Protesters chained themselves together outside Metropolitan Medical Associates on Engle Street and bolted the clinic’s door shut. Police, including O’Keefe, a sergeant at the time, arrested protesters by the dozens, hauling them off in buses, and one, on a flatbed truck. “I am not looking for that to happen again,” he said recently.

Obama´s corporatist contraceptive mandate
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/1/2013 8:02:32 AM     Post Reply
The audacity and mendacity with which the Obama administration defends its illegal contraception mandate is standard fare for politics. What´s distinctively Obamian in this fight is the insidious corporatism underlying it all. Look at the contraception mandate from almost any angle, and you see the corporatism. Sometimes it´s on the surface, and sometimes it´s implicit in the arguments. The contraception mandate is nakedly a huge subsidy to the industry that most firmly supported Obamacare: the drugmakers. The drug industry has spent more on lobbying under Obama than any other industry. Top lobbyists at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in 2009

Dial 00000000 for Armageddon. US’s top
secret launch nuclear launch code was
frighteningly simple
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/1/2013 7:47:22 AM     Post Reply
For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist. From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000. This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible, as reported by Today I Found Out. The Permissive Action Link (PAL) is a security device for nuclear weapons that it

  



What the Pope Really Said
American Thinker, by Gene M. Van Son    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/1/2013 7:18:21 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis issued his first apostolic exhortation this week, and it has created quite a firestorm. A Google news search on ´Pope´ following the release of exhortation turned up all kinds of stories proclaiming that Pope Francis says Capitalism is ´evil´ from major news sources raning from the Chicago Tribune to ABC News to the Washington Post. Yahoo News ran AP writer Nicole Winfield´s article about the exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, (The Joy of the Gospel), with a headline that initially said something like ´Pope Blasts Capitalism, says rich should share the wealth.´ After 12 hours the headline changed to "Pope issues

Bob Dylan sued over ‘blood’ remarks
New York Post, by Josh Soul    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/1/2013 7:06:40 AM     Post Reply
Now you don’t seem so proud, Bob Dylan. The legendary singer-songwriter has been slapped with a lawsuit by a Croatian group in France after the former civil-rights symbol compared Croats to Nazis and Civil War-era slave owners, reports said. “If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that,” Dylan told Rolling Stone during a conversation about US race relations printed in the magazine in September 2012. “That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.” The Council of Croats in France sued Dylan and the French edition

Morality, Anti-Morality, and Socialism
American Thinker, by Deborah Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/1/2013 6:43:33 AM     Post Reply
American life gives individuals the chance to make two kinds of personal choices. Structural choices are the big decisions that configure the course of life and involve significant risk and responsibility -- when to marry, how to support oneself and dependents, where to live. They tend to be made after conscious consideration of alternatives. Functional choices are the everyday decisions such as what words to speak, how to behave towards others, what to eat, and wear. Functional choices tend to be made more or less unconsciously, according to tastes and preferences, without deep consideration of alternatives. Since the founding of America,

A Look at the Bevin
vs. McConnell Battle
WDRB [Louisville, KY], by John David Dyche    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2013 6:38:44 AM     Post Reply
It is time to check in on Matt Bevin. Remember him? He is the multi-millionaire tea party-type Connecticut transplant who, instead of taking on liberal Louisville Democrat John Yarmuth for the House of Representatives, wants to oust Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his 90% lifetime American Conservative Union rating from the Senate. Bevin has not raised much money, but his personal wealth will pay for a good campaign if he parts with it. Roll Call recently reported that Bevin has between $1 and $5 million in a checking account, $500,000 to $1 million in a money market account, between $4.5

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