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All the President’s On-the-Job Training
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2013 7:09:01 AM     Post Reply
“We have a great sense this week again of the [Obama administration] making it up as they go along, as kind of government by teenagers,” George Will said yesterday on the Fox News All-Star Panel, but actually, that’s an insult to teenagers. All of us learn by age 17 that government is a non-functioning Leviathan mess, during our first visit to the local branch of the DMV, as Charles Krauthammer writes in his latest column. All of us, that is, except the president. Krauthammer notes that at age 52, Mr. Obama has made a breakthrough discovery: “We have these big

10 Quotes That Help Explain Why
So Many Conservatives Don´t
Trust The Republican Party
Townhall, by John Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/15/2013 6:57:33 AM     Post Reply
If things are going badly, we´re told the GOP should compromise on what it believes in to start winning elections again. If things are going well, we´re told we must turn a blind eye to the GOP abandoning its beliefs so as not to ruin the great year we´re going to have. The establishment Republicans who are always arguing in favor of trading off dearly held principles in return for magic beans always claim they´re doing it to win elections, but it´s hard to miss the fact that they don´t actually seem to be any better at winning elections than

Officials Say U.S. May Never Know
Extent of Snowden’s Leaks
New York Times, by MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/15/2013 6:49:20 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — American intelligence and law enforcement investigators have concluded that they may never know the entirety of what the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden extracted from classified government computers before leaving the United States, according to senior government officials.Investigators remain in the dark about the extent of the data breach partly because the N.S.A. facility in Hawaii where Mr. Snowden worked — unlike other N.S.A. facilities — was not equipped with up-to-date software that allows the spy agency to monitor which corners of its vast computer landscape its employees are navigating at any given time. Six months

  


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Washington State Exchange Arbitrarily Debiting
Personal Bank Accounts For Obamacare Fees
Gateway Pundit, by Mara Zebest    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 6:07:57 AM     Post Reply
Another hard lesson to learn for anyone that would trust in the myth of efficiency from a monolithic collectivism-based government to legislate any aspect of an individual’s life. Stories range from Maryland’s exchange director going on vacation (as the O-Care exchange website imploded) to dishonesty at the highest levels as Sebelius ducks questions on the “Lie of the Year.” Now this report of Washington state families who can’t pay their bills because the WA State Exchange is erroneously debiting funds from their bank accounts.

Why Boehner Bucked the Tea Party
and Passed a Bipartisan Budget
Newsweek, by Pama Levy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 5:24:21 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives did the unthinkable: It passed a bipartisan budget by a whopping 332 to 94 votes. (Snip)For Gingrich, it all comes down to 2014. “I’m personally not particularly happy with this budget agreement,” Gingrich said, lambasting the compromise for raising both taxes and spending (the tax issue is largely semantic; the budget’s Republican defenders argue the deal’s surcharge on airline travel is a fee, not a tax). “But I understand strategically, if you want to keep the focus on the collapse of Obamacare, you want to set up a disastrous 2014 campaign for the Democrats, this

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder
New York Times, by Alan Schwarz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 5:08:21 AM     Post Reply
After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating. Severely hyperactive and impulsive children, once shunned as bad seeds, are now recognized as having a real neurological problem. Doctors and parents have largely accepted drugs like Adderall and Concerta to temper the traits of classic A.D.H.D., helping youngsters succeed in school and beyond. But Dr. Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D. specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been

Duck Dynasty Stars Spread
Holiday Cheer in Afghanistan
Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/15/2013 4:53:18 AM     Post Reply
Two of Louisiana’s favorite sons brought some holiday cheer to our men and women in uniform deployed to Afghanistan. Willie and Jep Robertson joined JCS Chairman and U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey and other celebrities on a week-long USO tour. The group has been visiting bases in Afghanistan over the past few days, meeting soldiers, signing autographs, and taking pictures. Willie Robertson, who has been floated as a Republican candidate for a Louisiana Congressional seat, even joined Gen. Dempsey on stage to give a rousing performance of Robertson’s song “Hairy Christmas.”

  


  

Bush Without Hysteria
City Journal [NY City, NY], by Matthew Hennessey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:45:55 AM     Post Reply
Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, by Peter Baker (Doubleday, 816 pp., $35) The Wizard of Id— Johnny Hart and Brant Parker’s syndicated comic about a quirky and oppressed medieval kingdom whose peasants declare, “The king is a fink!”—debuted in 1964, at a turning point in American political culture.(Snip)The Bush that emerges from Days of Fire is a decent man, a thoughtful executive with a knack for facilitating debate and an unfailing devotion to the trust placed in him by the American people. He feels the weight of his office, and the many impossible decisions he

Teamsters allege right-to-
work laws are ´slavery´
Washington Examiner [DC], by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:39:52 AM     Post Reply
Michigan labor unions are understandably upset over the Wolverine State´s adoption of a right-to-work law and are fighting it in every way they can. Detroit-based Teamsters Local 214 has gone so far as to argue that it violates anti-slavery laws. Yes, anti-slavery. In a Dec. 6 court filing, Local 214 argued that right-to-work laws are "a violation of the prohibitions against involuntary servitude" citing Article I, Section 9 of the state constitution: "Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." "The claim was made in response to a lawsuit filed by four

Edward Snowden Took Data from NSA
Computers the NSA Wasn´t Watching
Atlantic Wire, by Connor Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:34:27 AM     Post Reply
By now we know the National Security Agency watches nearly everything on the Internet, with a few exceptions. But apparently Edward Snowden was able to steal the information he did because the NSA failed to monitor its internal networks. A security failure allowed Snowden, the former contractor now living in asylum in Russia, to move around the NSA´s computer system and steal an unimaginable trove of top-secret documents without leaving a trail behind, senior administration officials told The New York Times´ Mark Mazzetti and Michael Schmidt. Officials have literally no idea what Snowden stole, or how much, or from where, because computers

‘Stand down’: CIA Benghazi team
clash led to controversial order
Associated Press, by Kimberly Dozier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:30:20 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it. The Obama administration has been dogged by complaints that the White House, Pentagon and State Department may not have done enough before and during the attack to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, and by accusations that it later engaged in a cover-up. One allegation was

  


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When the Chewbacca Defense Just
Won’t Do, There’s Always… Affluenza
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/15/2013 4:25:06 AM     Post Reply
“Texas teen Ethan Couch gets 10 years’ probation for driving drunk, killing 4,” CNN reported yesterday: To the families of the victims, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead. To the defense, the youth is himself a victim — of “affluenza,” according to one psychologist — the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy. To a judge, who sentenced Couch to 10 years’ probation but no jail time, he’s a defendant in need of treatment. The decision disappointed prosecutors and stunned

On Selfies and Shackleton
American Spectator, by Marta H. Mossburg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:20:36 AM     Post Reply
Leadership can mean many things to many people. But its absence is obvious, as it was with President Barack Obama, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron snapping a “selfie” Tuesday like teenagers at a rock concert and not dignitaries celebrating the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela at his funeral. His funeral. And this was not just any funeral. It was one for a man who led the fight to end apartheid in South Africa and “the great liberator” who “makes me want to be a better man” in Mr. Obama’s soaring words

Mack Brown to Step Down at Texas:
5 Potential Candidates to Replace Him
CNN Bleacher Report, by Ben Kercheval    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:15:58 AM     Post Reply
Following up on Orangebloods.com´s report earlier in the week, Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown officially stepped down after 16 years at the helm in Austin, according to the Longhorn Network. The announcement comes after a full week of speculation and rumors and a day after the annual Texas football banquet. Brown will coach his final game with the Longhorns on Dec. 30 in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon. All things considered, it was the right decision. Brown had been unable to get back to a BCS bowl or national championship game since the 2009 season. The Longhorns couldn´t even get

WSJ: About those Healthcare.gov fixes …
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:10:23 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration insisted that they would have a working web portal for ObamaCare by October 1st, but they couldn’t even get people within a dozen clicks of determining their eligibility. Kathleen Sebelius tried pretending that all was well more than once in live events, only to have the website crash in her presence. After that, the White House appointed Jeff Zients as an interim grand poobah for all things related to HealthCare.gov, and promised a “fully functional” web portal by December 1. That promise, however, got whittled down to delivering a “significantly different user experience” by Sebelius as the

  


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Iran asks US to explain mission of
missing American Robert Levinson
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/15/2013 4:03:50 AM     Post Reply
UNITED NATIONS – Iran says it has no knowledge of the whereabouts of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who U.S. authorities have long presumed had been captured there. In a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, Iranian press counselor at the United Nations, Alireza Miryusefi, called on the U.S. government to explain Levinson´s mission in Iranian territory, after an AP investigation revealed that he had been on an unauthorized assignment for the CIA when he vanished on Iran´s Kish Island in March 2007. Asked about the AP investigation published Thursday, Miryusefi said in an email to the AP that, "Actually the

Ohio study: heavy online
use can mean anxiousness
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Safari Man- 12/15/2013 4:00:09 AM     Post Reply
College students reading this story and others online for hours may become more anxious and less happy. A new Kent State University study says college students who spend hours each day online, texting or talking on cellphones are more anxious, less happy and get lower grades. The Ohio researchers say this appears to be the first study correlating cellphone use to anxiety and happiness. (snip) "The lower frequency users use their phone to keep in touch, check the web and update Facebook but they can put it away and get on with other tasks," (snip) "The higher users are not able to control it and are

Mike Huckabee Talks 2016,
But Is Anyone Listening?
ABC News, by Annetta Konstantinides    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/15/2013 3:59:29 AM     Post Reply
Mike Huckabee is talking plenty about a potential 2016 presidential run, but is anyone still listening? The former governor of Arkansas admitted he´s "keeping the door open" to seeking a nomination, telling the New York Times on Thursday that he´s "mindful of the fact that there´s a real opportunity for me." Opportunity seems to be the big question in a Republican field that already seems to be packed with potentials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Though Huckabee´s name hasn´t come up in 2016 conversation, Republican strategist Matt Mackiowiak told ABC News he could be "undervalued

Japan Lacks Decommissing
Experts For Fukushima
Associated Press, by Yuri Kageyama    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/15/2013 3:56:35 AM     Post Reply
TOKYO -- Japan is incapable of safely decommissioning the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant alone and must stitch together an international team for the massive undertaking, experts say, but has made only halting progress in that direction. Unlike the U.S. and some European countries, Japan has never decommissioned a full-fledged reactor. Now it must do so at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. Three of its six reactors melted down after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, making what is ordinarily a technically challenging operation even more complex. The cloud over Japan´s capacity to get the decades-long job done has further undermined the image of the

"Never be afraid of tenderness"
La Stampa [Italy], by Andrea Tornielli    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 11:35:55 PM     Post Reply
In this exclusive interview, Pope Francis speaks about Christmas, hunger in the world, the suffering of children, the reform of the Roman Curia, women cardinals, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and the upcoming visit to the Holy Land “For me Christmas is hope and tenderness...”. Francis tells Italian newspaper La Stampa about his first Christmas as Bishop of Rome, in an interview published in today’s issue. During the interview the Pope also talks about the innocent suffering of children and the tragedy of hunger in the world, the Catholic Church’s relations with other Christian denominations and the “ecumenism

  



No 10´s plan to cap benefit
at two children: New mothers with
three children would lose £700
in £5bn welfare crackdown
Daily Mail (UK), by Simon Walters    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 11:06:26 PM     Post Reply
Downing Street has drawn up controversial plans to slash up to £5?billion a year from the welfare bill by limiting child benefit to families’ first two children. Under the proposal, revealed today, families would also lose their entitlement to child tax credit for any more than two children. The change would mean parents with three children, who would currently be entitled to child benefit because their annual income is less than £50,000, would lose out on £696 a year. On top of that, those earning less than £30,000 will also be denied child tax credits worth £2,725 a year – making them

Beach bum: Obama to holiday in Hawaii
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 11:00:25 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and his family will leave Washington Dec. 20 for a 17-day holiday vacation in Hawaii. The White House announced Friday that the Obamas will depart next week after what is expected to be a light work schedule for the president in Washington. The president and his family traditionally spend their Christmas break in a rented home on Oahu with spectacular ocean views. For his first three years in office, Mr. Obama rented a $24,500-per-week gated Plantation Estate, which offers security and privacy on the white sand beach of Kailua Bay. Last year, renting a similar house in the

Denver Post Stealth Edits Out
‘Socialist’ from Profile of Arapahoe
School Shooter
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 10:52:17 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, Colorado’s Arapahoe High School was put on lockdown while a student armed with a shotgun took over the school in an attempt to confront a teacher who he believed had wronged him. The student, identified as 18-year-old Karl Pierson, took his own life before he could be taken into custody. In a profile on the shooter in the Denver Post which focused on his “strong political beliefs,” several of Pierson’s classmates offered their impressions of the shooter. One of the shooter’s classmates described him as a “very opinionated socialist.” Shortly after that post was published, however, that description

If I can fake it there,
I’ll fake it anywhere
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/14/2013 10:48:36 PM     Post Reply
Professionals, artists and intellectuals in New York City, after years of struggling to obtain favorable terms from the health insurance industry, now find their efforts negated by Obamacare. They’ve been canceled by Obama. (Snip) “Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.” Had she but known? But she must have known. People at this level of talent must have suspected the reality from the first though some part of their psychology prevented them from

Efforts to enroll young in
ObamaCare heads to Air Jordan
debuts, late-night haunts
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 10:48:31 PM     Post Reply
District of Columbia officials are recruiting young residents this weekend to enroll in ObamaCare by showing up where they “party by night and shop by day.” Officials on Saturday visited two Footlocker stores where Nike’s exclusive Air Jordan 12 “Taxi” sneakers were going on sale. And they are scheduled to visit two Denny’s restaurants from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. “My motto is ‘Get them health care while you get them Jordans,” DC Health Links representative Vanessa Brooks told Fox News outside a Footlocker in the city’s downtown. “Get some health care to go along with them taxis, OK?” Brooks told

How One Airline Convinced 42
Swedes to Change Their Names
Atlantic, by Uri Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 10:31:41 PM     Post Reply
Would you change your name for a chance to move to Berlin, all expenses paid? That´s the question at the heart of a strikingly bold—and utterly bizarre—marketing campaign by the German airline Lufthansa, which in October made a rather unconventional proposition to Swedes: Legally change your name to Klaus-Heidi, tell us why you did it, and put yourself in the running to win "a new life" in Berlin—in the form of a free one-way ticket to the German capital and a prepaid apartment for a year on the border of the city´s trendy Kreuzberg and Neukolln neighborhoods. Did I mention

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