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Alan Grayson loses $18M in fraud scheme
Politico, by John Bresnahan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 9:13:28 PM     Post Reply
Controversial House Democrat Alan Grayson lost $18 million as part of a criminal scheme run by a Virginia man that bilked more than 100 investors out of more than $35 million, according to federal court documents. William Dean Chapman, 44, of Sterling, Va.,was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Friday. Chapman pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in May, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which oversaw the case. Chapman was the founder and owner of Alexander Capital Markets. Customers would give their stock holdings to Chapman as collateral for loans. Chapman

In contrast with Thatcher snub, Obama
inner circle jets off to Mandela memorial
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 9:04:33 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is bringing his family of aides and advisors down to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s mass-media send-off. “For us it’s the President and the First Lady, the Attorney General [Eric Holder], Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett,” Ben Rhodes, the White House’ deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, told reporters during an impromptu press conference on Air Force One. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry are staying behind, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on board Air Force One as well. The memorial is expected to be attended by hundreds of world

Elizabeth Warren Sells Out
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 8:57:42 PM     Post Reply
The raft of stories over the last week, the latest being today’s piece in Business Insider, about Democratic Party infighting has nicely illustrated something conservatives have known for a while. Complaints over the last few years about the GOP being pulled to the right by conservatives were not about liberals’ desire to meet in the middle and compromise, no matter how much they might decry the supposed extremist drift of the right. What they wanted was their very own Tea Party. It was the same with Occupy Wall Street: the pseudoanarchist gatherings were far more violent than Tea Party protests

  


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Federal Government Sells
Off Last GM Stock
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 8:47:09 PM     Post Reply
The federal government announced today that it has sold the last of its General Motors stock, about 31.1 million shares or 2 percent of the company, ultimately losing about $10.5 billion on the original investment. The government once owned 912 million shares, or 60.8 percent of GM, which it received in return for the $49.5 billion bailout given to the auto manufacturer during the financial crisis of 2008–09. GM’s stock rose about 1.8 percent, or 73 cents, on the news today. GM’s North American president, Mark Reuss, said that he expects GM sales, especially of pickup trucks, to rise once

Krauthammer: ObamaCare Pitfalls
Revealing ´a Vast Deception´ by President
Breitbart's TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 12/9/2013 8:34:05 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” Monday, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer unleashed a scathing critique of the Obama administration as more and more of the flaws of ObamaCare are brought to the forefront. Krauthammer explained that as we learn many promises of the laws promotion are being left unfulfilled, it is clear a “vast deception” was at play. “That is another truth emerging,” Krauthammer said. “I think what is happening here is not just a matter of what is affordable. It is a matter of a vast deception. The idea that you can keep your doctor, you keep your plan, was meant to say

Carter: Mandela belongs next to
MLK, Gandhi and Mother Teresa
NBC News, by Erin McClam    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/9/2013 8:06:47 PM     Post Reply
Former President Jimmy Carter told NBC News on Monday that he places Nelson Mandela alongside Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa as exemplars of inspiration and moral virtue in world history. In an interview with Brian Williams from Johannesburg, the 39th president said that Mandela belongs among figures to be looked upon “with a great deal of admiration.” “They weathered very difficult times, they came through with flying colors, they inspired other people,” Carter said. “I think that Nelson would go down in history as one of the leading people of the century.” Carter is in South Africa to attend a

How to Keep Workers Unemployed
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 8:00:37 PM     Post Reply
House-Senate negotiators are close to a modest budget accord to avoid another government shutdown, but suddenly the White House is introducing a last-minute demand. Five years into an economic recovery that President Obama often hails as miraculous, he wants to extend unemployment benefits one more time. Maybe it´s time to consider whether the big expansion of unemployment insurance has increased joblessness. In 2009 the Obama Administration and Congress extended jobless benefits for up to 99 weeks. The point was to help people through the recession, but now the jobless rate is 7%, down from 10%, and the White House still wants

  


  

The problem of wealth
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/9/2013 7:59:12 PM     Post Reply
The Associated Press describes a new problem in Obama’s America. Wealth is once again threatening to rear its ugly head. You may not realize it, but there’s a danger that as many as one in five Americans may get rich sometime in their lifetimes. (Snip) During the 2008 presidential campaign Barack Obama had a conversational encounter with Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who became known as “Joe the Plumber” that captured the dilemma. When Joe the Plumber declared his desire to earn $250,000 a year Obama replied: "It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure

Putin Pulls Press´ Strings But
Obama Doesn´t Have To
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 7:58:42 PM     Post Reply
Media: Russian ruler Vladimir Putin dissolved his state news agency on Monday, apparently for being insufficiently fawning. President Obama doesn´t have to worry about that with the dominant media here. The ex-KGB officer ruling an eighth of the planet´s inhabited land for nearly a decade and a half now, with no end in sight thanks to rigged elections, has abolished RIA Novosti and replaced it with a kind of reborn Radio Moscow. "Radio Putin," as it should be called, will propagandize to the rest of the world. RIA actually described the purge it is victim of as heralding "a tightening of state

World´s biggest investor BlackRock
says US rally nearing exhaustion
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 7:51:03 PM     Post Reply
BlackRock, the world’s biggest investor, has warned that central banks are poised to tighten monetary policy in the Anglo-Saxon countries and China, advising clients to be ready to pull out of global stock markets at any sign of serious trouble. “2014 is the year to squeeze more juice out of risk assets. But investors should be ready to discard the fruit when it starts running dry,” said Ewen Cameron Watt, chief strategist for the BlackRock Investment Institute. The group said in its 2014 Investment Outlook that investors have “jumped on the momentum train, effectively betting yesterday’s strategy will win again tomorrow”,

Lee Rigby murder trial: ´I’m a
soldier just like Drummer Rigby...
I killed him because this is war’
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Whitehead    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 7:47:13 PM     Post Reply
An Islamist fanatic has told the family of Drummer Lee Rigby he had no regrets about killing him because he was “a soldier” himself. Michael Adebolajo, 28, told a court he would “never regret obeying the command of Allah” and that his only disappointment was that the police did not shoot him dead. [Snip] With Fusilier Rigby’s family sitting feet away in the Old Bailey, Adebolajo denied that the 25-year-old’s death was murder, because Muslims were “at war” with the British people. The soldier’s widow, Rebecca Rigby, left the court in tears as Adebolajo told the jury that Fusilier Rigby

  


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Sen. Ted Cruz featured in
new coloring book for kids
USA Today, by Catalina Camila    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/9/2013 7:38:14 PM     Post Reply
Just in time for Christmas, a St. Louis company is promoting a coloring and activity book for kids about Sen. Ted Cruz. For $4.99, parents can order U.S. Senator "Ted" Cruz to the Future — which the Really Big Coloring Books company says is an "educational tool" to be used in schools. "He is a positive role model worthy of study in any school," says the promotional material for the coloring book. "All information is fact-based, evidenced in truth and is made available to the public." RBCB founder Wayne Bell touts the book in a YouTube video. The book includes biographical information on Cruz,

30 Years Of ´Killer Winter
Storms´? Alarmists Wrong Again
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 7:37:02 PM     Post Reply
Hysteria: The British Daily Star reports that Britain is in for 30 years of extreme "killer winter storms" due to climate change. There is, of course, no way anyone can know this for sure. But that's never stopped the alarmists. (Snip) In its "Extreme Weather Events in Europe" report issued last week, the European Academies Science Advisory Council bedeviled the populace about a future of deadly heat waves, floods, droughts and deep freezes. The report, which is the basis for the Daily Star's eye-catching journalism, suggests that individual member states of the European Union "will need to develop and share information

Common Core Lesson Teaches
Children Obama Is A Messiah
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 7:26:11 PM     Post Reply
Propaganda: A lesson plan for third-graders linked to a controversial federal education initiative makes sure America´s next generation does not forget who is the one we have been waiting for. During the Soul Train Awards in 2012, comedian and actor Jamie Foxx exhorted a wildly cheering crowd to "first of all (give) honor to god, and our lord and savior Barack Obama," exhibiting the all-too-widespread hero worship that casts rational thought aside and labels even legitimate criticism as virtual blasphemy. The same cult of personality is creeping into lesson plans and reading materials being created under the guise of the platform for

Possible closing of commissaries worries
Charleston-area military families
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Schuyler Kropf    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 7:20:59 PM     Post Reply
GOOSE CREEK--Navy wife Cleo Lott relies on the Weapons Station commissary to feed her family of four. It´s one of the most coveted perks that goes with being part of the military. And that´s why news that the Pentagon is looking at closing all of its stateside commissaries has her a little rattled. [Snip] "Even though the big chain stores say they have deals and savings, it doesn´t compare to the commissary," she added. "Makes me wonder what will the government want to take away next?" When word broke last week that the Defense Commissary Agency was asked by the Department of Defense to look at how to shutter

  


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CBS Notices ´Another Problem´
With ObamaCare – Higher
Deductibles; ABC, NBC Omit
Media Research Center, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/9/2013 6:51:58 PM     Post Reply
Norah O´Donnell´s 20-second news brief on Monday´s CBS This Morning is the sole Big Three network mention so far of the Wall Street Journal´s Sunday report about a "troubling element" of ObamaCare – exorbitant deductibles with the no-frills plans available on the health care exchanges. O´Donnell zeroed in on the item by reporters Leslie Scism and Timothy W. Martin, who cited a new report that found that "the average individual deductible for...a bronze plan on the exchange...is $5,081 a year": NORAH O´DONNELL: The Wall Street Journal says health insurance customers are finding another problem under ObamaCare.

Clueless, Heartless, and
Gutless: Today´s GOP
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 12/9/2013 6:40:46 PM     Post Reply
The most charitable thing you can say about the Republican Party is that it has an image problem. Even if you support its policies, no clear-eyed observer can deny that on any given day the GOP looks clueless, heartless, and gutless. Just take today. For all of President Obama´s problems and their correlation to the future of the Democratic Party (see: lack of credibility and competence), it takes just four stories to see how much worse things are for the GOP. "Invisible Child: Dasani´s Homeless Life" is a wrenching New York Times portrait of girl stuck in poverty in the shadow of Manhattan's opulence. More than that, it's the story

South Carolina voting on bill
to end Obamacare in state
Daily Caller, by Bruce Parker    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 6:31:42 PM     Post Reply
A bill set for fast-track passage in the South Carolina Senate in January aims to eliminate Obamacare in the state. The law could become a model for other states fed up with the federal health-care law. House Bill 3101, titled the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” passed the state House of Representatives last April by a 65-34 vote. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate with special-order priority, setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act. State Sen. State Sen. Tom Davis, the bill’s sponsor

Mandela´s world has gone awry
Telegram & Gazette [Worcester, MA], by Clive McFarlane    Original Article
Posted By: onashi- 12/9/2013 6:28:10 PM     Post Reply
I cannot remember exactly when Nelson Mandela entered my consciousness, but I remember the giddiness I felt when they were forced to turn him loose after 27 years of captivity. I remember, after his release, how the stories and the songs that before had passively comforted me exploded with a kinetic energy that shattered the skepticism I had about my place in the world. To me, he was David slaying Goliath with a sling and stone. He was Bob Marley´s "Duppy Conqueror." "… the bars could not hold me... force could not control me..." Today, however, I am afraid that we tend to view the lives of individuals like Mandela,

What Does A Satanic
Monument Look Like?
American Spectator, by Patrick Ryan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 6:26:40 PM     Post Reply
I read at Breitbart that the Satan-worshipping group Satanic Temple wants its very own statue outside the Oklahoma Statehouse in Oklahoma City alongside a Ten Commandments monument. USA Today reports that the Republican legislature invited such insidious activity by authorizing the privately funded Ten Commandments statue on the Capitol grounds. If they were to decline the commission of a Satanic icon, it could constitute an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment. The ACLU has already filed a lawsuit for the removal of the monument. As Lucien Greaves, the spokesman for Satanic Temple,

  



18th Century Fox
American Spectator, by Helen Rittelmeyer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 6:22:44 PM     Post Reply
TWO THINGS ALL conservatives love are narratives of decline and talking about conservatism. Put those together and you have the popular argument that conservatism ain’t what it used to be. The chart of that supposed decline, if you were to draw it Ascent of Man style, would start with Edmund Burke looking intelligent and walking upright, followed by William F. Buckley as Australopithecus, slouching. The present age would be represented by some knuckle-dragging, prognathous creature like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. First comes very smart, then pretty smart, and then not very smart at all. Some of those on the right

Health care debate has trust,
politics themes, too
Associated Press, by Nancy Benac    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 6:13:48 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs. People who didn´t know a URL from an http were blithely expounding on software snags and web design, thanks to the clunky launch of healthcare.gov, the insurance marketplace for the government´s big health care overhaul. With the website improving and tech chatter settling down, the conversation about the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is turning in other directions. (Snip) Or an agenda? The debate over President Barack Obama´s health care law has gradually morphed into a broader discussion about

George Zimmerman´s girlfriend
says he doesn´t pose a threat
to her, document says
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 6:09:00 PM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman´s girlfriend is asking a Seminole County court to lift a no-contact provision against Zimmerman so the couple can "talk and be together," according to a court document obtained by CNN on Monday. Zimmerman was arrested on November 18 at his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe´s Apopka, Florida, home after the two had a heated fight. According to a police report about the incident, Scheibe said that after an argument, Zimmerman broke a table with a shotgun and then pointed it at her "for a minute." Zimmerman is charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence

Hagel orders airlift for
Central African Republic
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 5:36:02 PM     Post Reply
DOHA, Qatar -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the U.S. military to transport troops from Burundi into the Central African Republic to help quell the latest upsurge in violence there. Hagel approved the order after speaking with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian Monday night from Afghanistan where he was visiting troops. Le Drian asked the U.S. to help get African troops quickly into the country to prevent the violence there from spreading, said Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog. There are more than 1,000 French troops in the Central African Republic, where Christian armed fighters launched an attack

Obamacare Architect: You Can Keep
Your Doctor, If You´re Willing to Pay for It
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 5:34:42 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Do you know, folks, that you can keep your doctor after all if you´re willing to pay more? That´s from Zeke Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, who´s one of the architects of Obamacare. And you can. If you´re willing to pay more, you can keep your doctor, and nobody ever said anything else. "Obama didn´t lie to you," he said. "It´s just a matter of choice." No, no, it´s not. We´re losing choice. I was thinking about something. Those of you that were not alive in the 1950s hear a lot about it and how the old fuddy-duddies want

Libs Want Men to Stop
Looking at Women
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/9/2013 5:28:49 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I kid you not, the Daily Caller: "Liberals Want to Stop Men From Checking Out Women." Liberals want to make it a crime for men to ogle or otherwise look at or otherwise admire or otherwise dream about or otherwise fantasize about or otherwise look at and laugh, whatever, women. "In the progressive future, men will not be able to look at women´s bodies because that is a terrible thing to do -- and science says so. "Researchers have offered a definitive report into the science of the male ´objectifying gaze,´" and that is in quotes, "in the December

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