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Geraldo, Fox & Friends Openly
Mock ‘Adoring’ Obama ‘Fan’
Chris Matthews and MSNBC
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 10:47:28 AM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel host Geraldo Rivera and the hosts of Fox & Friends openly mocked MSNBC and host Chris Matthews on Friday for his performance during an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. Rivera called Matthews a “fan” of the president and the hosts dismissed the network as a place that does not specialize in “objective” analysis. Rivera reacted to Matthews’ interview of the president by saying that he has worked with the MSNBC host in the past and likes him personally. “But to pretend that Chris is a journalist, per se, I think that’s sort of artificial,” Rivera observed. “He’s a

Hardball?? How Chris Matthews
rolled over for Barack Obama
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 10:46:36 AM     Post Reply
I’m not sure what Chris Matthews was doing with President Obama yesterday, but it wasn’t hardball. It wasn’t even softball. It was more like wiffle ball. Everyone knew going in that the MSNBC host would be a sympathetic interviewer. But he knew he would be graded on his aggressiveness, so I expected at least a few fastballs. Uh uh. Instead, in a half-hour sitdown, there was one challenging question. Just one. It was as though Matthews was channeling Jay Carney. Matthews is a likable guy with a passion for politics, but he left his interviewing chops at the door. The

Ted Cruz at ALEC summit:
end direct vote for senators
Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 10:43:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz, elected 13 months ago by actual voters, said Thursday he’d prefer to see state legislators pick U.S. senators – as they were until a century ago, when the 17th Amendment came along. Direct election of senators has eroded states’ rights, Cruz argued, speaking to a ballroom filled with conservative state lawmakers from around the country. “If you have the ability to hire and fire me,” he said, “I’m a lot less likely to break into your house and steal your television. So there’s no doubt that was a major step toward the explosion of federal power and

  


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Hate-crime teen whose house
was spray painted with racially-
charged graffiti may have been
victimized by his own mother
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack and Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/6/2013 10:43:03 AM     Post Reply
Investigators probing the racist spray painting last month of the small-town Massachusetts home of an eighth-grade football player are now focusing on the 13-year-old boy´s mother. Andrea Brazier, mother of football player Isaac Phillips, is now being investigated as the sole suspect in a crime that shocked the town and nation when she blamed her son´s teammates for spray painting racist graffiti all over the family´s home. ‘Knights don’t need n*****s´ was found spray painted on the side of their Lunenburg home. The school cancelled the remainder of the Blue Knights´ season in response.

In a Plain Brown Package
Weekly Standard, by P.J. O´Rourke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 10:40:34 AM     Post Reply
I´m sitting at my desk, looking at a photograph of a gangrenous foot. It is a bloated thing in hues of phlegmatic gray rot, sanguine inflammation, melancholic black bile, and choleric open sores — exhibiting all the humors of a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Above the photograph, in bold white capitals on a dull, matte background are the words “smoking causes peripheral vascular disease.” The photograph is helpfully labeled “gangrene.” Below the photograph, in a bland sans-serif typeface with letters an eighth of an inch high, is “Marlboro Red.” This is a pack of Australian cigarettes,

`Doc Shock´ On Deck
in Obamacare Wars
Bloomberg View, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 10:37:04 AM     Post Reply
Come January, when some number of Americans have bought insurance on the new health exchanges and are starting to use the services, you can expect another controversy to arise when many of them find out just how few doctors and hospitals they have access to. Call it “doc shock,” though the biggest outcry will not come when people try to schedule an appointment with their physician, but when someone gets sick and they learn they cannot go to whatever top-notch hospital they want, only to the hospital that is included in their plan. The problem varies across the country. In Washington,

Obama: I´m Not the Problem;
Need to ´Reorganize the Government´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 10:04:30 AM     Post Reply
President Obama says his personal management style isn´t a problem: "Part of what we need to do is reorganize the government, which was designed primarily in 1935-45. We could consolidate agencies," he told "Hardball" host Chris Matthews Thursday in an interview conducted at American University in Washington. Matthews, an Obama fan, told the president that problems with the rollout of Obamacare suggest he does not have a "strong top-down authority system." "What is your system for management?" Matthews asked the president. (Video) "Well, first of all, I think it´s important to distinguish between this particular project -- this health care project,

  


  

ObamaCare for the Vast Majority
American Thinker, by Janice Shaw Crouse    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/6/2013 10:03:21 AM     Post Reply
ObamaCare was sold to the nation as a compassionate response to the approximately 47 million uninsured Americans. Yet, 30 million Americans will still not be insured even after the frenetic misrepresentation and bribery required to pass the bill and the botched rollout. Plus, the policies of millions of insured Americans are being cancelled and replaced with HHS "approved" policies that have higher premiums. Then, following the wipeout in the individual market, millions of Americans currently covered by employer-provided plans will have their policies cancelled because they are deemed inadequate and unacceptable under the ObamaCare regulations issued by HHS.

WashPost Article (or Press Release?)
Promotes Raising Gas Tax
by 15 Cents a Gallon
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 10:00:08 AM     Post Reply
With anti-tax Republicans in control of the House, it’s a little odd that The Washington Post would devote a story on Thursday to liberal Democrat Earl Blumenauer’s proposal to raise the federal gas tax by 15 cents a gallon. It was stranger that reporter Ashley Halsey III seemed ordered to produce a Blumenauer press release, quoting absolutely no opposition to such a tax hike, instead quoting tax-hike backers like AAA and unions. No one seemed to ask whether the nation´s infrastructure was supposed to get a boost from Obama´s "stimulus." With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next

Why Greece Will Leave the Euro
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/6/2013 9:56:32 AM     Post Reply
According to an old saying, when the winds are strong even turkeys fly. If ever there was a case to which this would adage apply, it would be that of the market’s present favor for Greek government bonds. Over the past year, as the market has stretched for yield in a low interest rate global environment, the Greek government’s long-term borrowing cost has declined from over 18 percent to 8.5 percent currently. And it has done so despite increased signs that Greece lacks the political willingness to resolve the many deep-seated problems that still characterize the Greek economy.

US unemployment rate falls to
5-year low of 7 percent as employers
add 203,000 jobs
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 9:47:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy. The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October´s revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October. The strengthening job market is likely to fuel speculation that the Federal Reserve may start to scale back its bond purchases when it meets later this month. The economy has now generated an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November. That´s up

  


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Why Matthews´ Obama interview matters
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 9:37:32 AM     Post Reply
For almost a decade now, Chris Matthews has served as a barometer for baby-boom progressives´ attitude toward Barack Obama -- from the "thrill" that went up his leg when he heard the presidential candidate speak in 2008 to the utter disappointment following last October´s debate in Denver. That´s why Matthews´ interview with Obama, which takes place at 2 p.m. today and airs at 7 p.m. on MSNBC, is a crucial one for the president, and for MSNBC. For Obama: The last time the MSNBC vet interviewed Obama, at West Chester University in 2008, it was a love-in, the "thrill" having traveled up

Local ballet school’s ‘Nutcracker’ at
American University tripped up by
Chris Matthews’ Obama interview
Washington Post, by The Reliable Source    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/6/2013 9:25:46 AM     Post Reply
The fight for Christmas took a hit this week when politics bigfooted a troupe of adorable little ballet dancers performing “The Nutcracker.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is scheduled to interview President Obama on Thursday night at American University as part of the “Hardball College Tour.” MSNBC approached AU to host the chat, and officials jumped at the chance for a free, hour-long commercial for the university and its students. But the interview, announced Tuesday morning, abruptly kicked the Ballet Petite’s rehearsals of”The Nutcracker” out of AU’s Greenberg Theatre. That didn’t sit well with the ballet school’s staff, teachers and parents who

Bill Clinton’s Doodles on
Secret Documents as President
Include Male Genitals
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/6/2013 9:21:14 AM     Post Reply
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in

Obamacare: The Exodus
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 9:20:45 AM     Post Reply
After the 2012 presidential election failed to go their way, Republicans were reminded ad nauseam that Barack Obama had built a winning collection of supporters and that the GOP had not. The Democratic coalition, insisted partisans both inside and outside the media, spelled potential death for the GOP and for the conservative ideology that generally underpins it. The Republican party was just too old, too white, and too male — three terrible things to be, naturally — and it was destined to be buried by demographics. As the year came to a close, and everyone tried his hand at a

  


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NFL Fan Blasts Hypocrisy of Rejecting
Home Defense Ad by Gun Company
Cybercast News service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 9:08:54 AM     Post Reply
It seems the Super Bowl has fallen victim to political correctness. They’ve decided to ban a pro-Second Amendment – and pro-veteran – Super Bowl ad by Daniel Defense, a company that sells guns, detailing a father who declares that he will protect his family. “No one has the right to tell me how to defend them," he says. The banning promoted this epic response from Colion Noir, a football fan, attorney - and NRA News commentator - who destroys the NFL for their hypocrisy. He adds, “This type of selective censorship is really bordering on the line of social lunacy where

In touching tribute to Mandela, Obama
posts photo of himself watching TV
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/6/2013 9:04:35 AM     Post Reply
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.

Appreciation: Nelson Mandela
averted what many expected-
an all-out civil war
Washington Post, by Keith B. Richburg    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2013 9:00:14 AM     Post Reply
To fully appreciate what former South African president Nelson Mandela was able to accomplish, it is necessary to hearken back to the South Africa he found when he emerged from prison in 1990, and what the country was like in those critical four years between his release and his election to the presidency in 1994. Put simply, South Africa was a violent, dangerous and heavily-armed place teetering precariously on the edge of an all-out race war. And in the early 1990s, it was entirely unclear which way the country would go. On one side, embittered white rejectionists were refusing to

Hilarious: New Jersey´s
middle finger to Obamacare
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/6/2013 8:45:55 AM     Post Reply
The poor, pathetic Democrats trying to defend Obamacare have adopted the talking point that there is "pent-up demand" for "affordable" (i.e., subsidized by other people) health care insurance. The citrizens of the Garden State have just flipped the bird on this argument. (snip) fifty thousand people signed up online for New Jersey´s gambling sites in the first week. That compares with 741 who signed up for Obamacare during all of October. Yes, the Obamacare website has been plagued with problems, but the disparity between the two programs is still eye-popping

The Best Political Ad for 2014
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/6/2013 8:43:23 AM     Post Reply
Barry promised a zillion times on camera that Americans under ObamaCare would be able to keep their health care insurance if they liked it, that they would be able to keep the same doctors, and so on. Were these lies? (snip)Next November, Republican political ads from coast to coast should say something like this: "The leaders of the Democratic Party are doing the very best they can. That is the problem our nation faces today: that Democrat leaders are doing the best that they can. We cannot expect them to fix the problems they have created or the other problems

  



When a tax is not a tax; when
a subsidy is not a subsidy:
the liberal-left´s Orwellian
assault on our language
Telegraph [UK], by James Dellingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:40:44 AM     Post Reply
Here´s some weapons-grade drivel from the Government´s Environmental Audit Committee. (What else did you expect from a panel chaired by Tim ´Trougher´ Yeo?) Globally, subsidies for fossil fuels exceed $500 billion a year. They are inconsistent with the global effort to tackle climate change, providing incentives for greater use of such fuels and disincentives for energy efficiency. [Snip] We´ve been here before, haven´t we? Lots of times. This fossil-fuels-more-subsidised-than-renewables meme has been spread, inter alia, by the Guardian´s ludicrous Damian Carrington; by Labour MP Barry "Dork Brain" Gardiner (Vice President of the sinister GLOBE international);

Insane Asylum Seekers
FrontPage, by Bruce Bawer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/6/2013 8:35:09 AM     Post Reply
We hear relatively often these days about the large and growing Muslim communities in major European cities. Less frequently a subject of media attention in the U.S., however, is an equally significant phenomenon: the asylum centers that dot the landscape in many countries. In Norway alone, with a total population of only five million, there are a hundred or so such establishments around the country, some of them in largish cities, some in rural hamlets. In these centers reside individuals of foreign origin, mostly from the Muslim world, who are awaiting decisions about their applications for asylum. The places aren’t

Obamacare´s Architects Plugged
Their Ears and Misled Public
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/6/2013 8:33:16 AM     Post Reply
In 1970 the eccentric but insightful economist Albert Hirschman published a book called "Exit, Voice and Loyalty." It explored how people respond when a private firm´s or a government agency´s performance is deteriorating. Some people choose to leave, buying another product or service or leaving the government´s jurisdiction. Others use voice, complaining about defects or lobbying for change. Hirschman tended to deplore exit and exalt voice, and urged firms and governments to nurture loyalty so consumers and citizens would stick around and improve things. There´s obviously some relevance here to a current government program now performing far below even its detractors´ expectations: Obamacare.

In fight against cancer, 5,000
sing ´Clouds´ at Mall of America
Star-Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Joy Powell    Original Article
Posted By: SnowQueen- 12/6/2013 8:32:28 AM     Post Reply
“And we’ll go up, up, up, but I’ll fly a little higher,” 10-year-old Zachary Le, of Brooklyn Park, sang along with others from his school, from other schools, churches and groups, along with individuals and families. Le’s voice was among thousands who sang “Clouds” in the Mall of America’s rotunda Thursday evening. The song was written by Zach Sobiech, an 18-year-old Lakeland teen who died of cancer in May.

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