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Six GOP Senators Back Ryan-Murray
Budget, Ensuring Senate Passage
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 9:18:12 PM     Post Reply
The budget deal that House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is set to clear the Senate, The New York Times reports. “Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, announced his support for the measure on Monday, appearing to give it the 60 votes it would need to overcome a filibuster threat and bring it to a final vote, which would need only a majority,” the Times’ Jonathan Weisman wrote Monday. “Mr. Hatch joined Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, Susan

GOP could be trapped by Democrat
demands to fix Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/16/2013 8:36:04 PM     Post Reply
2014 will be the year Republicans are forced to deal with the Obamacare Trap, helpfully set for them by the Democratic authors of the Affordable Care Act. In 2009 and 2010, President Obama and his party took a health care system in which 85 percent had insurance coverage, and blew it up. Now, with Obamacare causing misery right and left, those same Democrats are screaming, "You can´t go back!" The national health care scheme they designed is so complex and has already embedded itself so deeply in the health care system, they argue, that it can never be repealed. The only course

Of Jane Fonda and Pope Francis
Wall Street Journal, by Bret Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 7:51:34 PM     Post Reply
In the same week that Pope Francis was named Time´s Person of the Year, word arrived of the charitable contributions made by the Jane Fonda Foundation. Grand total for the years 2007 to 2011: zero dollars. The last time Ms. Fonda´s Foundation made a charitable gift, reports the Smoking Gun website, was in 2006, to the tune of $1,000. The Foundation itself has $800,000 in assets. Ms. Fonda´s representatives insist she´s made larger gifts, particularly through her family foundation, which in 2011 made about $350,000 in contributions from $7.2 million in net assets. But even that´s not quite 5%, the legal



Exercises to tackle bad posture
can avert back surgery
- Thread Closed
Financial Times, by Charles Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 7:39:04 PM     Post Reply
With all the resources available to Google, you would imagine that the executives and boffins who labour there enjoy an idyllic life. But it turns out that they too suffer from back pain. Neuromuscular pain in the back and neck is the single largest reason for medical treatment at the Californian group. Back pain has become the scourge of the modern office worker. A 2004 study found that Americans spent $90bn a year on it. And the conventional medical cure frequently offers little relief: a review found that up to 50 per cent of patients who had disc surgery felt

FBI disrupted nearly 150 mass shootings,
violent acts in 2013: Attorney
General Eric Holder
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 7:27:30 PM     Post Reply
The FBI says it has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals. It´s an achievement that stands out during a year when President Barack Obama made curbing gun violence a priority, yet has had little success in getting new restrictions enacted. There have been hundreds of these disruptions since 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder recently told an audience of police chiefs, touting the behind-the-scenes work of a small FBI unit based out of Quantico, Va. In most cases, the FBI has helped potential offenders get

Another Victory Against HHS
Mandate "Accommodation"
National Review, by Ed Whelan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 7:22:29 PM     Post Reply
In a carefully reasoned opinion issued today, federal district judge Brian M. Cogan of the Eastern District of New York ruled that various Catholic nonprofit institutions that were the supposed beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s phony accommodation on the HHS contraception mandate are entitled to permanent injunctive relief against enforcement of the HHS mandate. (The case is styled Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius.) This is the second merits ruling holding that the accommodation doesn’t satisfy the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. No court, so far as I’m aware, has ruled the other way. As I noted a

Here Are The Tech Execs Meeting
With President Obama Tomorrow
National Public Radio, by Elise Hu    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 7:15:38 PM     Post Reply
Tech giants aren´t on the best terms with the Obama administration lately, with the NSA´s surveillance revelations getting more widespread by the day. But a lot of big tech names have agreed to visit the White House for a chat. The White House just announced a who´s who of tech leaders are coming to Washington tomorrow to meet with President Barack Obama and his team about the tech disaster that was HealthCare.gov, how government can better deliver IT and of course, national security. According to the White House, here are the bigwigs expected to attend:



Second Federal Judge
´Skeptical´ About Legal Case
for NSA Phone-Record Collection
- Thread Closed
US News, by Steven Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 7:06:02 PM     Post Reply
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union appeared in U.S. District Court Friday to argue for a preliminary injunction that would halt the National Security Agency´s collection of all Americans´ phone records. Judge William Pauley did not set a time frame for when he might announce his decision – but as he reviews the case, NSA opponents may have cause for optimism. ACLU legal fellow Brett Max Kaufman, one of the attorneys in court for the hearing, said Pauley seemed skeptical of the government´s reliance on the Supreme Court´s 1979 Smith v. Maryland decision. The landmark ruling found a criminal

China Lands On Moon While
U.S. Shuttle Sits On Museums
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 7:01:12 PM     Post Reply
Unexceptional: China becomes the third country to land a spacecraft on the moon in preparation for a manned visit. Meanwhile, U.S. astronauts have to ride Russian spacecraft to fix toilets on the International Space Station. Tourists visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where one of America´s retired space shuttles now resides, were no doubt able to see news reports of the landing of China´s first lunar vehicle, a solar-powered rover, on the surface of the moon. The landing of the rover 37 years after the last such mission by the Soviet Luna 24 sample-return voyage in 1976 makes China just the

Asian, Mideast Alliances
Signal Growing U.S. Weakness
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 6:56:30 PM     Post Reply
Global Power: For nearly seven decades since winning World War II, an America trusted by its allies has enjoyed superpower status. Now new alliances in both Asia and the Middle East confirm our steepening decline. Beyond ICBMs and advanced aircraft carriers, will and power are what make a nation a force to be reckoned with. When Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, every one of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher´s civilian advisers told her that "recapture was all but impossible," Charles Moore recounted in his new biography of the Iron Lady. Then Adm. Sir Henry Leach, the First Sea Lord, asked to launch

Ten Reasons I’m Not
“Ready for Hillary”
New Yorker Magazine, by John Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 6:46:07 PM     Post Reply
1. It’s 2013, and the Obama Administration has more than three years left to run. We haven’t even had the midterms yet. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann just put out their tell-all about the 2012 campaign. Give us a break. 2. It’s only twelve months since Hillary stepped down as Secretary of State. At that point, she’d been in the public eye, pretty much constantly, for more than twenty years. Doubtless, she’s enjoying the hiatus. So are we. 3. The folks running the Ready for Hillary campaign sound a bit annoying. They have their own Web site, T-shirts, fund-raising organization, and cardboard



Chronic marijuana use may
alter brain structure, study finds
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/16/2013 6:34:22 PM     Post Reply
Heavy marijuana users may have abnormal brain structures which can lead to poor memory, Nature World News reported. In a new study, researchers from Northwestern Medicine used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to analyze the brains of 67 former marijuana users. The participants had begun their drug use when they were 16 to 17 years old, but they had all been marijuana free for an average of two years at the time of the study. (Snip) The researchers also found that the brain structures of the marijuana users closely resembled the brains of schizophrenia patients.

WH dismisses ´navigator´ concerns
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 6:31:26 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Monday dismissed documents provided by the House Oversight Committee that suggested so-called "navigators" assisting consumers with signing up for the new healthcare law had put consumer information at risk. "This is just one more data point in the Republican obsession with sabotaging ObamaCare," said White House press secretary Jay Carney. The panel charges that some ObamaCare navigators “encouraged consumers to commit tax fraud by underreporting income in order to qualify for ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies.” It also says that navigators broke rules by mailing paper applications on behalf of consumers, rather than telling consumers to do

Why Did 60 Minutes Let the
Head of the NSA Fool Its Audience?
Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 6:26:12 PM     Post Reply
Consider the following exchange from Sunday´s 60 Minutes interview between the head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, and CBS News correspondent John Miller. The subject is the NSA gathering of bulk Internet data while overseas. This week, the CEOs of eight major Internet providers including Google, Apple and Yahoo asked the president for new limits to be placed on the NSA’s ability to collect personal information from their users. John Miller: One of the Snowden leaks involved the concept that NSA had tunneled into the foreign data centers of major U.S. Internet providers. Did the leak describe it the

Bloomberg Columnist: President
Should Offer Pot to Get Young
People to Sign Up For ObamaCare
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 6:19:23 PM     Post Reply
Now I really have seen everything. On Monday, Bloomberg View columnist Caroline Baum actually said that to get young people to sign up for ObamaCare, in states where it´s legal, the Administration should give them marijuana:Instead of outreach programs and sappy TV ads with parents imploring their kids to sign up for Obamacare, President Barack Obama needs to start thinking creatively if he wants his signature legislative achievement to be a success. What motivates kids? In fact, what motivates any of us? Incentives. This White House has failed to grasp what makes individuals and businesses tick. Whether it´s taxes or



Redistribution is Theft, Not Charity
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 5:45:20 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: We´ll start Seattle with Dan. Dan, glad you called. Great to have you in the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Rush, Merry, Merry Christmas. RUSH: Same to you, sir. Thank you. CALLER: The Catholic Church is caught between a dilemma between socialism and conservatism. Socialism is the redistribution -- redistribute -- I can´t say it. RUSH: Redistribution. CALLER: -- of the wealth of those who take, and then they redistribute it to places supposedly in poor nations where those people need it. And as far as the Catholic Church, the conservatism portion of it is, is it´s a rulebook. The Bible is a conservative rulebook,

Kermit Gosnell Gets 30 Years
In Drug Sentencing
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 5:39:27 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA —A Philadelphia doctor already serving life in prison for performing rogue abortions has been sentenced to a concurrent 30 years for distributing painkillers. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is serving life without parole for killing three babies born alive during illegal abortions. That investigation grew out of complaints he ran a lucrative “pill mill” at his West Philadelphia clinic. Gosnell pleaded guilty in July after the murder trial to charges that he illegally distributed OxyContin and other painkillers. Prosecutors say he allowed addicts and dealers to fill prescriptions that were often sold or traded on the street.

The Obamacare Stack: It´s Scary, Folks
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 5:33:20 PM     Post Reply
the myth of efficiency. ... 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.´" But now, KGW.com: "For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts." Health care accounts, people´s private bank accounts, are being debited by the Washington state health exchange.

It’s a Man’s World,
And It Always Will Be
- Thread Closed
Time, by Camille Paglia    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 5:11:29 PM     Post Reply
If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct—unless we rush down that ominous Brave New World path where females will clone themselves by parthenogenesis, as famously do Komodo dragons, hammerhead sharks, and pit vipers. A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment. Ideologue professors at our leading universities indoctrinate impressionable undergraduates with carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology. Is it any

Sebelius Lashes Out at Issa for
Investigating Obamacare Navigators
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 4:48:48 PM     Post Reply
Kathleen Sebelius went to bat for Obamacare navigators in an op-ed prior to a hearing led by Darrell Issa investigating the people designated to promote the health-care law as “navigators.” She accused the House Oversight Committee chairman of holding a field hearing in Dallas “designed to stifle, intimidate and impugn the reputation of people who have been working hard to help their fellow Texans get covered.” In the Dallas Morning News, Sebelius urged Republicans on the committee to stop “demonizing, demoralizing or deterring” navigators, praising the navigators for their efforts. She wrote navigators are “not paid to sell insurance,” but to


The Washington Establishment Can´t Stamp
Out the Tea Party, Any More Than the Left
Can Stamp Out Christmas
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 4:46:54 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: As you know, every year to one degree or another, there are attempts by the left to eliminate Christmas. If they could, they would totally eliminate it. They´re unable to do that, and they will never succeed, by the way, in eliminating Christmas from our minds, from our hearts, from our faith. They will never succeed. All they can do is raise a ruckus about nativity scenes or other public displays, outlawing Christmas carols or not being allowed to say "Merry Christmas" but having to say "happy holidays." They can do all of that they want. They can tinker

Polygamy and the
Marriage Free-fall
National Review Online, by Andrew T. Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 4:45:05 PM     Post Reply
Marriage in America is in a state of free-fall, and it’s the confluence of American attitudes and legal rulings that are responsible for helping push it off the cliff. On Friday night, a George W. Bush judicial appointee, Judge Clark Waddoups, struck down a part of Utah’s law against polygamy in a 91-page ruling. The case drew nationwide attention because the plaintiff, Kody Brown, is the star of TLC’s Sister Wives, a reality show depicting the life of a polygamist family. Waddoups’ ruling is fairly limited, insisting that the state’s ban on “religious cohabitation” is unconstitutional, and therefore should no longer be

Sebelius: Issa, GOP impugning
Obamacare “navigators”
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 4:33:42 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and two Republican lawmakers exchanged a war of words ahead of a congressional hearing in Dallas Monday that will examine the Obamacare “navigators,” employees who are trained to help Americans understand and select their new insurance options under the law. After reports of foul play by navigators in the area – one trainee at the Urban League of Greater Dallas allegedly encouraged an applicant to lie about his income on the application – the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee scheduled a hearing in Richardson, Texas to investigate the program. “While President Barack

Pelosi calls for Obama
to halt deportations
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 4:31:39 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi privately has urged the Obama administration to halt deportations for some illegal immigrants, saying that President Obama needs to use more “discretion” to reduce the number of people he’s kicking out of the country. In an interview with Telemundo over the weekend, Mrs. Pelosi said that just being in the country illegally is not enough of a reason to be deported, and she said illegal immigrants must have something more serious on their records. “Our view of the law is that it — if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation,” she

Inside-the-Beltway Crowd is Missing the Big
Government Backlash Bubbling Out There
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 4:21:06 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Daily Caller: "Americans want the government to stop acting like their mother." I want a little brief exception. Mothers are not half as bad as the government. But I nevertheless get the point here. Americans are fed up with the government banning everything. That´s the impetus here of the poll. It´s a Reason magazine Rupe poll. "Americans do not want government to ban trans-fats, e-cigarettes, online poker, violent video games or genetic testing kits." They don´t want them to ban lightbulbs. According to this poll, and I happen to believe it: "Many Americans are becoming frustrated with the government’s growing

Are Boys Irrational?
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/16/2013 4:19:13 PM     Post Reply
City Journal´s Kay Hymowitz has an informative and important new essay out surveying the social-science research into the effects of fatherless household on boys and young men. (Spoiler: They´re baneful.) But Hymowitz, generally an astute observer, opens by framing her argument in terms of an immense fallacy of presumption, the unraveling of which should be helpful in any consideration of what those empirical findings mean. Here are Hymowitz´s opening 2½ paragraphs: When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls´ problems--their low self-esteem, lax ambitions, eating disorders, and, most alarming, high rates

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