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Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce
Laws on Gun Control
New York Times, by Erica Goode    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 6:27:30 AM     Post Reply
GREELEY, Colo. — When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward. He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference. “How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks. Colorado’s package of gun laws, enacted this year after mass

DSCC posts best off-year November
ever with $5.1 million haul
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 6:23:39 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will announce Monday its best fundraising numbers ever for an off-year November, after bringing in $5.1 million for the month. The committee, the campaign arm for Senate Democrats, raised $48.6 million so far this year and ended November with $12 million in the bank. “The reckless and irresponsible Republican agenda remains wildly unpopular, and Democrats across the country are energized," DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said in a statement. "The Koch brothers are aggressively blanketing the airwaves in a few key battleground races, but we are raising the resources to fight back." The Koch-backed group Americans

Did Rush Limbaugh Just
Endorse iCongress?
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/16/2013 6:16:41 AM     Post Reply
Last Thursday, Rush Limbaugh gave tacit approval of a stunning idea: a virtual Congress. To start, Rush spent the better part of two hours brilliantly explaining why even the best people we send to Washington will never rein in the federal government. Simply put, once in Washington, the vast majority of our elected officials become of Washington, and their limited-government instincts die. There are many reasons for this, but all fall under the general heading of irresistible human nature.



Our Bored President
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 5:58:24 AM     Post Reply
Valerie Jarrett, Obama´s Rasputin, unwittingly provided us an answer to the question of why the Obama Presidency is such a man-caused disaster. There are few people who are close to the notoriously insular Barack Obama (a former aide, Neera Tanden, said that "Obama doesn´t call anyone, and he´s not close to almost anyone. It´s stunning that he´s in politics, because he really doesn´t like people") but Valerie Jarrett is among the select few. They have been friends for decades; she introduced Barack to Michelle; she is a constant presence in the White House, and highly unusual for a White House

Rand Paul Won´t Be
Able To Save Detroit
Reason Magazine, by Shikha Dalmia    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 5:33:53 AM     Post Reply
Like yesterday’s fashions, old policies never die, they simply return with new accessories. So it is with Rand Paul’s proposal to create Economic Freedom Zones for Detroit and other depressed cities—a recycled version of the Enterprise Zones of 1980s. But if past is prelude, this idea won’t work not because it doesn’t make sense—but because Washington won’t allow a sensible version to pass its august chambers. Freedom Zones is Paul’s answer to Obama’s bailout—oops, aid—package for Detroit and a way to show minorities that the GOP cares. Unlike Obama’s plan, Paul won’t offer federal handouts for housing, brownfield cleanup, highways and

The Age of Envy
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 5:24:49 AM     Post Reply
Of the seven deadly sins, envy may not be the wickedest, but it is the most embarrassing. To be possessed by envy is to admit a humiliating personal inadequacy: We do not envy others those attainments that we think we too might achieve, but those we despair of ever possessing. Wrath, greed, pride, lust — all assume a certain self-possession. Sloth and gluttony are practically standard issue in times of plenty such as these. Wrath and pride are the sins of great (but not good) men. Envy is the affliction of the insignificant. It is the small man’s sin. Which brings

´Affluenza teen lived in his OWN mansion´:
Drunk-driver let off for killing four in crash
had ´wild parties at home given to him by
millionaire father where he lived unsupervised´
Daily Mail [UK], by Will Payne    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2013 5:22:02 AM     Post Reply
The drunk driving teen who killed four people but was spared jail because he was too rich to know any better, regularly had wild, booze-fuelled parties in his OWN mansion, claims one of the troubled teenager´s friends. Ethan Couch, 16, was three times over the limit and high on Valium when he mounted a curb in Burleson, Texas earlier this year and plowed into a broken down car, taking four lives and injuring more. And MailOnline can reveal the horror crash happened just a few hundred yards from a sprawling property where Couch boasted he was allowed to live alone and unsupervised.



Remembering Hitchens: 5 Great
Christopher Hitchens takedowns
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2013 5:10:25 AM     Post Reply
Sunday marked the second anniversary of the death of Christopher Hitchens, the celebrated British-born essayist who started his career on the hard-left only to end it as the most articulate supporter of the Iraq War. Hitchens, who died of esophageal cancer at age 62, was a beautiful writer, a fierce debater and a legendary bon vivant. Over the next week, The Daily Caller will post memorable Hitchens interviews and debates that continue to live on online. Below are five great Hitchens takedowns. Enjoy. 1.) Hitchens defends Western values: “So unless you are willing to commit suicide for yourself and for this culture, get

‘Big Love’ Vindicated:
Polygamy and Privacy
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2013 5:03:42 AM     Post Reply
Once you blow up a societal consensus it cannot be easily reconstructed to protect only those practices or beliefs you like while still banning those you think ought to be kept beyond the pale. That’s the upshot of a case decided late on Friday in a Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah that essentially decriminalized polygamy. The case, Brown v. Buhman, which was brought by the stars of Sister Wives, a TLC cable channel reality show depicting the life of a man with four wives and 17 children, who challenged the Utah statute that not only prohibited marriage

The art of stealing elections
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:59:43 AM     Post Reply
Stealing elections is an old game politicians play. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president, got to the U.S. Senate in 1948 by “winning” the closest race in Texas history by a margin of 87 votes out of more than a million cast. An election judge in tiny Alice, Texas, said he counted more than 200 names on the voting roll for Box 13 that were written in alphabetic succession in the same hand, same color of ink. When a federal court subpoenaed Box 13, it was discovered to be “lost.” LBJ took his seat in the Senate. Voting machines were

Why Steve Stockman Doesn’t
Scare the Establishment
American Conservative, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:54:37 AM     Post Reply
Steve Stockman’s surprise Senate campaign almost seems like a “Colbert Report” send-up of the Tea Party. The unconventionally two-term Republican congressman from Texas—he was elected once in 1994 and again in 2012—is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the GOP primary. “If liberal John Cornyn loves being a senator he can move to Massachusetts,” Stockman said in a statement using the phrase “liberal John Cornyn”—lifetime American Conservative Union rating 93—27 times. “I’m sick and tired of being bayoneted in the back by someone in my own foxhole,” Stockman wrote in his declaration of candidacy. “When freedom is threatened Texans have always mounted up



Ex-Scientology leader sues
Church for harassment
New York Post, by Page Six Team    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:49:51 AM     Post Reply
Scientology members allegedly set up high-tech surveillance cameras to spy on the family of a disillusioned former leader, a bombshell harassment lawsuit against the church claims. Monique Rathbun, wife of former church bigwig turned critic Marty Rathbun, filed a suit in Comal County, Texas, saying she has been “harassed, insulted, surveilled, photographed, videotaped, defamed and humiliated” by church members, including a group called the “squirrel busters” who allegedly rented a home near the couple to spy on them. Marty was inspector general of Scientology’s Religious Technology Center but left the church in 2004, while Monique was never a member. Marty says his

Spending a Day With Peter O’Toole
Daily Beast, by Malcolm Jones    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:43:50 AM     Post Reply
The actor who became a star overnight with ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was unforgettable, even if you only met him once—ten years before his death Sunday at 81. I met Peter O’Toole just once. We spent the better part of a day together in London about 10 years ago, when he had just learned Hollywood was going to give him an honorary Oscar. He’d been nominated seven times without winning, so it seemed like the least they could do. Hearing Sunday that he had died made me more bereft than I might have imagined—after all, I only met him the one time. But

The lucrative secret behind infomercials
The Week, by Jon Nathanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:39:33 AM     Post Reply
N OTHING GOOD IS on TV between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., and for good reason. Nobody´s trying. It´s the time period known euphemistically in the media business as the "Post Late Fringe," and less euphemistically as the "Graveyard Slot." It´s when networks and local TV affiliates sign off. They give up. They stop pretending that anyone important is watching and sell off their airtime — not just 30-second commercial spots, but entire 30-minute programming blocks — to sponsors. Those sponsors fill the left-for-dead airwaves with direct-response television (DRTV), better known as infomercials. For certain companies — the kinds of companies that

A Civil War with Two Winners
PJ Media, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 4:34:41 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, December 12, 2013, something remarkable happened in the history of current American politics. To be more accurate, two remarkable things happened. The first — and most obvious — was that the United States House of Representatives came dangerously close to passing a budget for the first time in recent memory, though precisely how recent is up for debate as well. There was a rather large, multipart omnibus bill in 2009 which certainly resembled a budget in many regards, but it wasn’t really a budget per se. In the opinion of others, you might have to go all the



Machiavelli With Malaprops
Politico Magazine, by John Ralston    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 4:32:27 AM     Post Reply
When I heard late last week that Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander—a Republican who was apoplectic about Harry Reid’s changing the Senate’s hoary filibuster rules—had said the majority leader should have the words “The End of the Senate” etched on his tombstone, I imagined what Reid’s reaction would be: a broad, wry smile. In covering Reid for more than 25 years, I have seen that smile so many times. Reid is the most unconventional of politicians, one who cares little about public perception and delights in infuriating the opposition. He is the kind of guy who might walk up to Alexander and

Podesta: Climate game changer
The Hill [DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez & Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 4:28:24 AM     Post Reply
Environmental groups believe John Podesta will be a force for change on climate issues at the White House. The groups argue that for most of Obama’s years in office, an administration that took power at the height of the recession has prioritized helping the economy over other goals. That’s created an uphill climb for advocates pushing the White House to take a tougher line in reducing carbon emissions and cleaning up polluters. Podesta’s arrival as a White House adviser, which comes as unemployment hits a low point under Obama, is a pivotal moment, activists predict. “The most significant thing about this partnership is that

Obama’s Ironic Foreign Policy
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:22:35 AM     Post Reply
In the old postwar, pre-Obama world, the United States accepted a 65-year burden of defeating Soviet communism. It led the fight against radical Islamic terrorism. The American fleet and overseas bases ensured that global commerce, communications, and travel were largely free and uninterrupted. Globalization was a sort of synonym for Americanization. It was neither a particularly pleasant nor popular task. To keep the Soviets out of the Persian Gulf, we made unpopular deals of convenience with odious dictators and monarchs to keep the oil freely flowing to global consumers. In return, the billionaire and authoritarian sheikdoms often used cartels and monopolies

‘Complete waste’: Army Corps
flushed $5.4M on ‘unusable’
trash incinerators, probe finds
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:19:09 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paid $5.4 million for shoddy trash incinerators that were delivered years behind schedule and never used, leaving soldiers at an Afghanistan base with no other option than to keep burning waste in open-air pits, according to an internal probe. The report from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko was released Monday. It found the failure to complete the trash incinerators left soldiers exposed to potential health hazards from the burn pits, and taxpayers, once again, with nothing to show for a multimillion-dollar investment. “This project appears to have been a complete

Millions of Unemployed Face Looming
Expiration of Jobless Benefits
ABC News, by John Parkinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:16:26 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner checked off the final items on his list of year-end legislation Thursday, dismissing lawmakers for a 25-day holiday recess. The House came together in rare bipartisan fashion to pass the budget deal, approve the National Defense Authorization Act, extend farm law through the end of next month and temporarily delay cuts to doctors’ Medicare payments. But left undone was one major piece of legislation: an extension of long-term unemployment benefits. Although the benefits could be extended retroactively, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged this week, 1.3 million Americans are set to lose them Dec. 28.


Israel Reaches Out to
US Jewish Community
Associated Press, by Tia Goldenberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:08:48 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM -- More than 100 Israeli leaders gathered with Jewish-American counterparts in Jerusalem last month with a daunting mission: to save Jewish life in North America. Jewish American leaders have known for years that assimilation and intermarriage were slowly shrinking their communities, but the early November gathering took on an extra sense of urgency. Just weeks earlier, a landmark study had found that young American Jews are growing increasingly estranged from Judaism. As these efforts press ahead, they are being complicated by a new issue: What role can Israel play in Jewish American life at a time when many American Jews, who

Expanded Medicaid’s fine print holds surprise:
payback’ from estate after death
Seattle Times, by Carol M. Ostrom    Original Article
Posted By: Chaps- 12/16/2013 3:25:24 AM     Post Reply
As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan . . .

People stymied by error
codes on state health exchange
Seattle Times, by Amy Snow Landa    Original Article
Posted By: Chaps- 12/16/2013 2:35:10 AM     Post Reply
Washington residents who keep getting error codes when they try to enroll in health coverage on the state’s online insurance marketplace, Healthplanfinder, may still be able to get coverage by Jan. 1 — even if they are unable to complete enrollment by the Dec. 23 deadline. . . He said the goal is to help people who have done everything they can to enroll but repeatedly get error codes because of problems with the system. “If they’ve tried, and the problem is something that we’ve created that does not allow them to get through, we want to accommodate them.

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Michelle Bachelet easily
wins Chile presidency
Associated Press, by Eva Vergara    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/16/2013 2:15:04 AM     Post Reply
Santiago, Chile - Chile´s once and future President Michelle Bachelet won Sunday´s runoff election after promising profound changes in society in response to years of street protests. With 90% of the votes counted, Bachelet had an unbeatable 62% to 38% for the center-right´s Evelyn Matthei, who conceded defeat. A moderate socialist, Bachelet served as president in 2006-2010, then ran the United Nation´s women´s agency from New York as her successor, conservative Sebastian Pinera, was confronted with widespread demonstrations for change. She has a new center-left coalition and promises to finance education with higher corporate

No Murray-Ryan interview for Fox
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2013 11:14:55 PM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray declined a joint interview with House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace said. Unable to secure a bipartisan, bicameral interview about the Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget agreement, Wallace instead interviewed only Republican Ryan from Wisconsin. While Democrat Murray from Washington state spurned Fox, according to Wallace, it wasn´t because she was trying to avoid appearing with her Republican counterpart on the same set. She conducted a joint interview for NBC´s "Meet the Press" and also gave a press conference alongside Ryan in the Senate´s TV studio last week to

US embassy in London unveils
huge tapestry of Obama, gushes
over his ‘warm smile’ [pics]
Twitchy, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/15/2013 11:14:51 PM     Post Reply
The newly installed tapestry of President Obama casts a warm smile over guests at an event @USAinUK last night. 8:02 AM - 13 Dec 2013 Bask in the warmth, Twitchy readers. Just bask. Creepy RT @USAinUK: newly installed tapestry of Obama casts a warm smile over guests at an event @USAinUK last night. President Selfie fits right in, huh?

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