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Why Obamacare Is Off the Rails
American Thinker, by Pem Schaeffer and Stanley Ralph    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/12/2013 9:26:05 AM     Post Reply
The introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as revealed by the roll-out of HealthCare.gov, is an epic public embarrassment, living up to predictions of a train wreck. We´re watching government at its most harmful and ineffectual. This is not rocket science -- no risky new technology is required; no laws of physics have to be invented or repealed. While the technology itself may present some challenges, problems like this more often than not stem from poor leadership, discipline, and accountability. We were privileged to spend our careers on a team responsible for the Aegis Combat System, a complex, mission

Strike Iran Now to Avert Disaster Later
Wall Street Journal, by Norman Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/12/2013 9:22:43 AM     Post Reply
Not too many years ago, hardly anyone disagreed with John McCain when he first said that "the only thing worse than bombing Iran is letting Iran get the bomb." Today hardly anyone disagrees with those who say that the only thing worse than letting Iran get the bomb is bombing Iran. And in this reversal hangs a tale. The old consensus was shaped by three considerations, all of which seemed indisputable at the time. The first was that Iran was lying when it denied that its nuclear facilities were working to build a bomb.

Now that’s what you call a spare rib!
Pack of bloody-faced polar bears spend day and
night stripping a beached whale to its bones
Daily Mail, (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 8:57:50 AM     Post Reply
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal

  


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AFL-CIO slams Paul Ryan/Patty Murray deal
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/12/2013 8:49:35 AM     Post Reply
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the proposed budget deal by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., woefully inadequate, but did not specifically call on lawmakers to flat-out reject the bill. In a statement Wednesday, Trumka said the deal "provides temporary relief from sequestration budget cuts over the next two years, but does not represent the clean break from budget austerity that our economy so urgently needs." He cited a litany of complaints with the proposal, beginning with its lack of an extension of unemployment benefits. He also criticized it for requiring federal workers to "pay more out of pocket

Health director who approved Obama
birth certificate dies in plane crash
NBC News, by Henry Austin and Christopher Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 8:44:15 AM     Post Reply
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to

Time Magazine´s Man of the Year
is Pope Francis. Alas, it´s not
the real Pope Francis
Telegraph (U.K.), by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/12/2013 8:38:34 AM     Post Reply
There are two Popes. One is Francis as he actually is: spiritual shepherd of the Catholic faithful, the man chosen to defend and articulate the beliefs of the Church. The other is Francis as the liberal establishment would have him be: a crusading humanist on the verge of making the Catholic Church socially acceptable at Manhattan dinner parties. Guess which Pope Francis Time Magazine just made Man of the Year? The Catholic writer Billy Newton has done a great run down of why Time´s Pope is not the real Pope, with two killer observations. First, the magazine calls him The

Obama´s popularity slide has made his
coalition dangerously shallower
Washington Examiner, by David Freddeso    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/12/2013 8:27:02 AM     Post Reply
“[T]he entire concept of realignments/permanent alignments, which underlay much of the misbegotten analysis of the 2008 elections, is bankrupt and should be abandoned.” So wrote RealClearPolitics´ Sean Trende in his 2012 book, The Lost Majority. One of the book´s main theses was that “the permanent majority” -- that great white whale hunted and claimed by both parties over the last decade (and long before that) -- is an unsustainable illusion in the long run. Few pundits heeded Trende´s warning after the 2012 election. The editors of The Week made an argument typical of the moment when they wrote that Obama´s coalition of

  


  

Why the media adore a budget
deal that accomplishes so little
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/12/2013 8:24:30 AM     Post Reply
Turns out nobody likes this budget deal except the press, which loves bipartisan agreements, no matter how puny. The tone of the coverage is as follows: Finally, they’re acting like grownups. Finally, a return to “regular order” (a legislative term no one cares about but which means doing a budget for a year rather than these endless stopgap measures). Finally, both sides have agreed to compromise. Finally, no danger of a government shutdown. All true. But let’s not get carried away: the agreement accomplishes very little. Maybe journalists are just relieved they don’t have to work over the Christmas holidays on another up-to-the-brink

Mandela memorial interpreter
says he has schizophrenia
Guardian (U.K.), by David Smith    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/12/2013 7:48:44 AM     Post Reply
A South African government minister has said that "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating nonsense during the Nelson Mandela memorial service. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said that officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but that the owners "have vanished into thin air". Earlier on Thursday Jantjie claimed he is qualified but was hallucinating and hearing voices and said he is receiving treatment for schizophrenia. Millions of TV viewers saw Jantjie interpreting speeches by Barack Obama and other global leaders at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. His gestures baffled and angered deaf

Alabama kicker Cade Foster
receives handwritten note from
George W. Bush
Sports Illustrated, by Zac Ellis    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 12/12/2013 7:15:18 AM     Post Reply
Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed three field goals in the Crimson Tide’s 34-28 loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30. Due to Foster’s struggles, ‘Bama coach Nick Saban sent freshman kicker Adam Griffith out to attempt a 57-yard field goal with one second left to play — the missed field goal that Auburn’s Chris Davis eventually returned 109 yards for the improbable game-winning touchdown. Many fans attacked Foster on Twitter for his play against the Tigers. However, the senior received support from one unlikely source: Former U.S. President George W. Bush. According to a photo posted by Foster

Megyn Kelly, Fox News’s brightest star
Washington Post, by Dan Zak    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/12/2013 6:55:15 AM     Post Reply
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at

  


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How to discuss racial
issues on Mlive without
violating community rules
Michigan Live News, by Jen Eyer    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/12/2013 6:51:44 AM     Post Reply
When moderating comments on racial issues, we strive to balance our desire to allow people to discuss important problems in their communities with the equally strong desire to not give people a platform to promote hate or inflame racial tensions.This is a difficult balance to achieve, and it requires a lot of communication with commenters to define the boundaries.As with other hot button topics like abortion and same-sex marriage, we tend to see the same problems occur repeatedly in the comments. I´m outlining them here to serve as a reference on future stories.1. Overt racism. This should go without saying,

Please Pray for Me.....
I am losing my insurance
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: LComStaff- 12/12/2013 6:33:03 AM     Post Reply
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended

A Bad Deal Compared to What?
American Spectator, by Ross Kaminsky    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 5:55:54 AM     Post Reply
I’m in a tough spot. Paul Ryan is one of the brightest stars in the Republican Party. He is a true fiscal (and social) conservative, and I cheered when Mitt Romney selected him as his running mate (although I wished Ryan rather than Romney were the presidential candidate, and I still hope he will be in the future). Ryan towers, literally and figuratively, over his Democratic opposition-turned-collaborators.(Snip)Some are arguing that no deal would be better than this deal; it is a refrain that you will hear from both the right and the left in coming hours and days. And in a

The New Paul Ryan Is
the Old Paul Ryan
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 5:34:06 AM     Post Reply
Following the release of the budget deal Paul Ryan agreed to with Patty Murray, there will be talk of a shift in Ryan’s political principles. The deal is being framed by its authors as a model of pragmatism, which is a good indication that it will conform to the belief that a fair deal is one from which both sides come away equally unhappy.(Snip)The truth is, most of Ryan’s career suggests he wants the gavel, not the veto pen. Such a career path, by definition, requires staying put. So the clearest evidence of Ryan’s aspirations was when he passed on

  


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Prez’s funeral flip-off:
To Helle with decorum
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:29:38 AM     Post Reply
If you like your selfie, you can keep your selfie. Period. Unless, of course, you’re Barack Obama, in which case, you better delete it from your smartphone pronto, unless you’d like to spend the next three or four months dining on hot tongue and cold shoulder. You didn’t need a fake inter­preter from an old Woody Allen movie to translate Moochelle Obama’s body language. So there they were, Barry, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the hot-wife leader of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, hamming it up like it was the 25th anniversary reunion of the Choom Gang. Some Krazy Kids, horsing around, waiting for

Stonewall: State ordered Benghazi
security firm to avoid media
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:27:22 AM     Post Reply
The British security firm that failed to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, from a terrorist attack a year ago that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens was told by the State Department to avoid the media, the latest example of stonewalling over the attack. In newly uncovered emails received by the public watchdog group Judicial Watch, State was notified that the firm, Blue Mountain Group, was being pressed for answers about the surprise attack. Instead of giving the group the green light to answer the media, State ordered the firm to go into hiding. “Thank you so much for informing us about

ICE´s Homophobic Black Supremacist
Employee Is No Longer with the Agency
Atlantic Wire, by Abby Ohlheiser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/12/2013 5:22:09 AM     Post Reply
Ayo Kimathi, a.k.a. “the Irritated Genie," a.k.a. the black supremacist employee of the Department of Homeland Security´s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is "no longer an ICE employee," according to a statement from ICE´s Deputy Press Secretary Gillian Christensen. "His last day with the agency was December 6," she added. Christensen, citing privacy policies, declined to comment on whether Kimathi left voluntarily or not. Kimathi was placed on administrative leave after the Southern Poverty Law Center spotted the ICE employee´s extracurricular advocacy in August. His personal website calls for the mass murder of white people. Kimathi´s site, "War is

The Battle of 2014
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:18:23 AM     Post Reply
Regularly scheduled elections are a hallmark of the American political system. In 18th-century Britain, the monarch could call new elections on a whim, and our Founders saw in that arrangement a seed of tyranny. The Constitution they designed requires elections for Congress every two years, and the next such elections are less than a year away. This is good news for conservatives as they continue to oppose the Obama administration. This president has been tremendously helped by having a Democratic-controlled Senate for his first five years in office. Harry Reid’s masterful, if not entirely virtuous, use of Senate rules has

Nuclear Gangbangers
Tribune Media Services, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:15:39 AM     Post Reply
The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006–07, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation — help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that, if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors — or both. The United States has given billions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan, whose Islamist gangs have spearheaded radical anti-American terrorism. Ever since a corrupt Pakistan went nuclear in 1998, it has been able to extort such

  



Obamacare’s biggest losers
Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:13:45 AM     Post Reply
After three months and more than 50 phone calls, John Gisler gave up on buying coverage through HealthCare.gov. Gisler wanted to purchase a plan for his 45-year-old son, who has a rare degenerative condition affecting his coordination and speech. His current coverage through Utah’s high-risk insurance pool plan ends Dec. 31. By that time, the Obama administration expects enrollees to transition into health plans sold through the new health-care law. But so far, Gisler hasn’t succeeded in purchasing coverage -- but not for a lack of effort. “We’ve had three separate applications that failed to make it through,” Gisler says. “I have a

Warren´s Way or No Way
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:11:32 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Bill Clinton was twice elected President as a "New Democrat" who wanted to get along with people in the private economy? Nowadays even writing in favor of ideas that Mr. Clinton supported can get you branded a heretic and banished from impolite liberal society. Witness the political tempest that blew up in response to the December 3 op-ed we published by Democrats Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the Third Way think tank. The former aides to Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer, respectively, would be considered liberals in most places outside of the Harvard faculty lounge. But the campus

Flirty Obama owes us an apology
New York Post, by Andrea Peyser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:07:32 AM     Post Reply
Maybe he went into sugar shock over a Danish pastry. The president of the United States, leader of the free world, standard-bearer for everything upright, good and wholesome about the nation he leads, lost his morality, his dignity and his mind, using the solemn occasion of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday to act like a hormone-ravaged frat boy on a road trip to a strip bar. In front of 91 world leaders, the mourning nation of South Africa and Obama’s clearly furious wife, Michelle, the president flirted, giggled, whispered like a recalcitrant child and made a damn fool of himself at first

Judge Dismisses Rangel´s
Bid to Overturn Censure
Associated Press, by Frederic J. Frommer    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/12/2013 5:00:39 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Rep. Charles Rangel that had sought to overturn the 2010 House censure of the New York congressman for financial wrongdoing. U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled Wednesday that Rangel´s demands implicate "insurmountable separation-of-powers barriers" to the court´s authority. Bates added that Rangel´s quarrel is with the House, and it must stay there. Rangel´s suit claimed that staff and members of the House Ethics Committee that conducted the probe against him willfully suppressed evidence of misconduct in how the investigation was conducted. The House censured Rangel for various financial actions, including failure

First on CNN: Republicans moving
to overhaul 2016 primary process
CNN, by Peter Hamby    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 4:56:21 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN. In a series of closed-door meetings since August, handpicked members of the Republican National Committee have been meeting with party Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington to hash out details of a sweeping plan to condense the nominating calendar, severely punish primary and caucus states that upend the agreed-upon voting order and potentially move the party´s

Obama’s Orwellian Image Control
New York Times, by Santiago Lyon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 4:52:49 AM     Post Reply
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried

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