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Business lobbyists cheer Boehner smackdown
of conservative groups
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/15/2013 9:18:45 AM     Post Reply
Business trade associations applauded the rant by Speaker John Boehner against outside conserative groups like Heritage Action and FreedomWorks, saying it was long overdue. The Hill: Business groups, whose frustration with the Tea Party boiled over during the government shutdown, said Boehner´s broadside was long overdue. "I think we have all said it. The business community has been uniformly frustrated at how strident the ideological groups have been in defiance of reason," said David French, senior vice president of government relations of the National Retail Federation. Lobbyists said they are encouraged by the fact that the budget accord easily passed the lower chamber despite

What happened to Lady Gaga?
New York Post, by Maureen Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/15/2013 9:18:26 AM     Post Reply
It’s already known as ARTFLOP. On Nov. 6, amid the kind of hype not seen since Michael Jackson floated a statue of himself down the Thames River, Lady Gaga released her third studio album, “ARTPOP.” And not since Jackson has such a globally famous, white-hot pop star had such a rise and precipitous fall: “ARTPOP” is on track to lose $25 million for her label, Interscope, prompting ­rumors of imminent layoffs. But it’s not just album sales. When Gaga opened this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, her performance was eclipsed by the twerking Miley Cyrus. Gaga’s work as both host and performer on

Trailer park living invades New York
New York Post, by Gary Buiso    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/15/2013 9:17:09 AM     Post Reply
There goes the neighborhood! Motor homes have invaded the Upper West Side, sparking fear in the hearts of residents worried their well-heeled haven could fast be transformed into a low-rent campsite. “Why is this ugly piece of junk here?” demanded area activist Gretchen Berger, referring to the rusted RV that has been stationed at Riverside Drive and 74th Street. “It just sort of creeps me out that somebody is living in a parking space, and this may give rise to other people thinking that it’s a cheap way to live on the Upper West Side, where the rents are high.

  


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Washington Obamacare Taking Customers´
Money Earlier than Authorized
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/15/2013 9:14:37 AM     Post Reply
The government stealing your money is now even more real. The Washington Healthplanfinder website is down for the second week in a row, and some people have had money taken from their accounts earlier than they had authorized. Shannon Bruner of Indianola, examining her checking account Monday morning, saw she was almost 800 dollars in the red. She said, “The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed.’” In October, she and her husband Josh enrolled on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, and picked the bill pay date to be December 24th. Sorry, folks; the website withdrew their money on Monday, December

Fact Check: Paul Ryan Twisted Truth
to Sell Budget Deal to House
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/15/2013 9:05:25 AM     Post Reply
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled his colleagues in the House of Representatives about several major areas of the budget deal he cut with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Breitbart News has learned. Misrepresentations include serious budget details ranging from how much deficit reduction is actually in the plan to how spending in this plan compares to spending if the current law, the Budget Control Act (BCA), remains the law of the land. The budget deal passed the House 332-94 on Thursday evening, with 169 Republicans voting for it and 62 Republicans voting against

Faith within Science
American Thinker, by Thomas P. Sheahen    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/15/2013 9:00:39 AM     Post Reply
For quite some time, science has been presented to the public in a distorted way. Reports of statements by scientists are often stated as absolutely certain truths, never mentioning any doubts or questions. Seldom do reporters inquire about how they became so certain, why they have such high confidence. That image simply isn´t true. A major disconnect exists between what really happens and reported science. Real science is always subject to revision, never "absolutely final." In everyday conversation, a person might say "I´m absolutely certain about that" but among responsible scientists, even the strongest affirmations always begin with "To the best

Barack Obama´s success in South Africa
cannot mask the failure at home
Telegraph (U.K.), by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 8:22:05 AM     Post Reply
Torrential rain and the wannabe sign language interpreter notwithstanding, the international audience seemed to be in agreement after the memorial service to Nelson Mandela: Madiba aside, the day had belonged to Barack Obama. As the first black president of the United States, Mr Obama self-consciously traced his own political origins to the moment, 30 years earlier, when the Mandela story had "stirred something" inside him. "It woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today," was how he put it. The thrilling narrative arc of that sentence still

  


  

In Vietnam, Kerry takes on a new enemy
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 12/15/2013 8:20:14 AM     Post Reply
Along the winding muddy waters of the Mekong Delta where he once patrolled for communist insurgents on a naval gunboat, Secretary of State John Kerry turned his sights Sunday on a new enemy: climate change. In this remote part of southern Vietnam, rising sea waters, erosion and the impact of upstream dam development on the Mekong River are proving a more serious threat than the Viet Cong guerrillas that Kerry battled as a young lieutenant in 1968 and 1969. "Decades ago on these very waters, I was one of many who witnessed the difficult period in our shared history," Kerry told a

Huckabee Scolds the Tea Party
Groups: ‘Politics Is Not Theology’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 8:16:37 AM     Post Reply
Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee weighed in on the escalating feud between establishment Republican politicians and conservative activist groups on Saturday. Asked for his thoughts on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) admonition of the idealized purism advocated by some outside groups, Huckabee sympathized with Boehner saying that governing is more difficult than activism and “politics is not theology.” Huckabee began by saying that Boehner was not scolding the tea party movement but conservative groups that capitalize on that movement. He added that some of those groups appear to have an “all or nothing mindset” and that

The Democrats’ secret plan
to extend unemployment
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 8:09:11 AM     Post Reply
When “The Deal” was struck in the House this week there was one element which nearly had some of the congressional Democrats in open revolt. (And may still proved to be a problem in the Senate.) The progressive members wanted to tie an extension of unemployment benefits into the mix. But doing that without being willing to find the money to pay for it was going to prove a deal buster for the GOP, so it didn’t make the final cut. Never one to give up on an idea once he’s gotten his teeth into it, Chris Van Hollen has

´Gun violence, let ´em die´: Shooter Karl
Pierson mocked firearms laws but then
opened fire on his school while mother
was out of town caring for ill relative
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 8:07:45 AM     Post Reply
Colorado gunman Karl Pierson, who seriously injured a 17-year-old girl when he opened fire at his school, supported tougher gun laws. The 18-year-old, who had been dropped from the debate team, was said to have had strong views on politics and gun control, classmates said. Pierson was also allegedly suspended from the school in September for making threats against the team coach, Tracy Murphy, believed to have been the target for Friday´s attack. ´He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff,´ junior Abbey Skoda told the Denver Post. The paper reported that Pierson had once posted an image on Facebook with the

  


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What Christmas Means for
Traditional Family Advocates
American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 7:58:12 AM     Post Reply
Every Christmas, I am reminded of how insufficient our Christ-centered holidays are. On Bill O´Reilly´s show we get consternation about a "war on Christmas." Many FOX News viewers worry about the tireless push by secularists to turn the day into a December recess between World AIDS Day and Anderson Cooper watching the ball drop in Times Square. But what if public venues acknowledged that the holiday was about the birth of Jesus? Would we be closer to His truth? Did Jesus do anything other than be born and die? Long before atheists strived to eliminate Christ from Christmas decorations, the two Christ-centered holidays,

Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup
New York Post, by Paul Sperry    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/15/2013 7:56:09 AM     Post Reply
After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors. But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congress’ investigative report on 9/11 dealing with “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals. It was kept secret and remains so today. President Bush inexplicably censored 28 full pages of the 800-page report. Text isn’t just blacked-out here and there in this critical-yet-missing middle section. The pages are completely blank, except for dotted lines where an estimated 7,200 words once stood (this story by comparison is about

On the Road to Itascas
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 7:54:03 AM     Post Reply
Martin Luther King Jr. said, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." To imagine freedom is to imagine infinity. The dream of freedom is self-renewing, inexhaustible, represents unity in diversity, and increases when shared. But whence comes the capacity to hope infinitely for an elusive ideal? Infinity can only come from infinity. Identification with God is the source of the hope for freedom. Man cannot offer himself freedom. Human law can provide only the recompense of entitlement, inherent in which are jealousy, rivalry, and the delusion of specialness. Was Reverend King referring to the infinite hope for more

U.S. seeing a surge in Central
American asylum seekers
Los Angeles Times, by Cindy Chang & Kate Linthicum    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2013 7:40:56 AM     Post Reply
He was 10 when the gangsters flung rocks through the windows, and 12 when they beat him black and blue. At 15, a gang member shot at him while he was shopping at a grocery store — and killed his cousin instead. At 17, he left Honduras for the United States. He applied for political asylum, telling a judge that if he returned home, the gang that had slain his father would kill him, too. Now 20, working as a gardener and living with his mother and siblings in Los Angeles, the man is one of a growing number of

  


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How the West was lost
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2013 7:21:22 AM     Post Reply
My bookshelves sag with encyclopedic volumes arguing that America and the West are in decline. But proving that a picture is worth a thousand books, the “selfie” seen ’round the world ends the argument. It’s official — the government of the United States of Obama consists of boobs and bores and is led by a narcissist. It is no consolation that Great Britain joins us in racing to the bottom. President Obama’s flirting with Denmark’s prime minister would be shameful on any occasion. That it happened at the memorial for Nelson Mandela only adds to the embarrassment. But the “selfie”

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

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

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