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Liberal Affluenza
American Spectator, by Ross Kaminsky    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/17/2013 6:12:32 AM     Post Reply
In June, 16-year old Ethan Couch, driving his father’s F-350 pickup truck while drunk on beer that he and friends had stolen from Walmart, plowed into four people on the side of the road in Burleson, Texas, killing them and grievously injuring two of his own teenage passengers.(Snip) If Barack is Ethan (and both have the additional similarities of having been given, or at least loaned, a mansion and hoping that “beer summit” ethanol will make people like them better), who are his irresponsible, enabling political parents? Sadly, in the Big Love that is the world of celebrity, he has

Barbara Walters: Happiness is Holding
Fidel Castro’s Gun in My Lap
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/17/2013 5:52:51 AM     Post Reply
TMI, Barbara, TMI; “Barbara Walters Warmly Recalls Holding Fidel Castro’s Gun In Her Lap,” as spotted by Newsbusters: The December 23 edition of People magazine looks through old pictures with Barbara Walters as she “looks back on her most memorable moments” in five decades of television interviews. During her 1977 interview with Fidel Castro “I spent 10 days with him, traveled through the mountains and held his gun in my lap,” she said. “People thought we had a romance, but we never did.” Makes you wonder whether she was there for more than the Roquefort cheese morsels rolled in crushed nuts when she

Top Secret Obamacare Navigator
Training Manual Made Public Online
Independent Journal Review, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/17/2013 5:21:22 AM     Post Reply
Tammy Duffy is a radiation health physicist from New Jersey. She had a question about Obamacare, which a navigator couldn’t answer. So, she googled it and found more than she bargained for. Joe Schoffstall at the Capitol City Project reported yesterday that Duffy “was talking with Obamacare Navigators one day and asked a question regarding people who are self-employed, in which they could not provide an answer. She then asked for a copy of the manual, which they would not give her since it’s not meant to be available to the public.” Well, when she decided to harness the power

  


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Obamacare Escapes the Chains of Law
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 5:16:29 AM     Post Reply
You Want to Sell Obamacare You’ve Got to Take Care of Obama: Megan McArdle notes that Obama’s HHS has “reached the limits of its November strategy of using last-minute rule-making to implement on-the-fly changes to the law.” No more rules! Now insurance companies are being “encouraged” and “strongly encouraged” to extend deadlines, accept late payments, pay for some out-of-network doctors and out of plan prescriptions. Many of these things violate the formal terms of the deal the government had made with insurers and will cost the latter money. “They’re asking insurers to pay for the mistakes” the administration made in

Convicted Terror Supporter
Attends Congressional Briefing
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 5:13:47 AM     Post Reply
A convicted terrorist supporter who is currently under house arrest attended a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood group in a congressional office building earlier this month, according to reports. Sami Al-Arian, a former engineering professor at the University of South Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in 2006. He has been under house detention in Northern Virginia since 2008 for refusing to testify in a subsequent terror financing trial. Al-Arian admitted in the plea agreement to having worked with the PIJ and other groups from the 1980s to the 1990s. He said he

The Democrats’ Bad Credit
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 5:09:30 AM     Post Reply
In Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom, the band led by one of the characters gets a streak of decent reviews in the press despite never attaining a large audience or good record sales. At some point, those press mentions disappear, and he figures out what happened: “he’d been buying press attention on credit all along, without realizing it, and that the press had finally concluded that familiarity with the Traumatics was never going to be necessary to anyone’s cultural literacy or street credibility, and so there was no reason to extend him further credit.” You can see something similar happening with ObamaCare:

Boehner’s Successful Year
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 5:06:41 AM     Post Reply
All this year, House Speaker John Boehner has been taking criticism from all quarters. He is a squish selling out to the Obama administration and the Democrats, many conservatives charged when he engineered bipartisan (mostly Democratic) approval of higher tax rates on high earners rather than allowing the government to go over the fiscal cliff. (Snip)But I would argue that the cumulative result, in terms of budget, spending, and tax policy, is far more favorable for Republicans and conservatives than they had any right to anticipate given the correlation of political forces after the November 2012 election.

  


  

Iran nuke deal quietly collapses
New York Post, by Amir Taheri    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 5:02:15 AM     Post Reply
Less than a month after it was hailed as “a great diplomatic coup,” the so-called Geneva accord to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions seems to have come unstuck. The official narrative in Tehran is that Iran signed nothing. “There is no treaty and no pact,” says Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, “only a statement of intent.” Originally, Iran’s official media had presented the accord as a treaty (qarardad) but it now refers to a “letter of agreement” (tavafoq nameh). The initial narrative claimed that the P5+1 group of nations that negotiated the deal with Iran had recognized the Islamic Republic’s right to enrich uranium

Oh, brother! what a doozy
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/17/2013 4:58:49 AM     Post Reply
The Boston Globe is going for a Pulitzer Prize — in Political Correctness. And if some other money-hemorrhaging broadsheet does manage to out-moonbat the Globe, well, there’s always the consolation prize — the Profiles in Courage award, for being courageous enough to take the wrong, but fashionable, position. The Globe’s take: the Tsarnaevs are “homegrown” terrorists. Yes, they were. Their home was a Third World backwater overrun with savages like themselves — Muslim terrorists. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you didn’t read the mega-puff piece Sunday on the foreign welfare terrorists who destroyed the Boston

The scam that will not die
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/17/2013 4:52:22 AM     Post Reply
We were all supposed to be dead by now, fried to a toasty potatolike chip. Or doomed to die with the polar bears. It was to be a soggy end for the most beautiful planet in the cosmos and for all the passengers riding on it. The global alarmists never quite got their story of fright and fear straight, whether by now we would be fried or frozen. First they warned of global warming, and when they needed a new narrative “global warming” became “climate change.” They finally settled on something they could prove because the climate does, in fact,

Should Birth Control Sabotage
Be Considered a Crime?
Daily Beast, by Keli Goff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:45:38 AM     Post Reply
The stereotype of women sabotaging birth control to secure a wealthy man is so pervasive that it is an official topic of discussion during the NBA’s weeklong orientation program for rookie players. But according to reports, women are more likely to be victims of birth control sabotage than men. Surveys conducted by anti-violence groups of survivors of domestic abuse have found contraception sabotage to be so widespread that there’s now a term for it: reproductive coercion. The issue gained newfound attention last month, when the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of a man who was sentenced to jail time

  


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Read the "Stomach-Churning"
Sexual Assault Accusations
Against R. Kelly in Full
Village Voice, by Jessica Hopper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:31:46 AM     Post Reply
It has been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis caught the story that has since defined his career, one that he wishes didn´t exist: R. Kelly´s sexual predation on teenage girls. DeRogatis, at that time the pop-music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, was anonymously delivered the first of two videos he would receive depicting the pop star engaging in sexual acts with underage girls. Now the host of the syndicated public radio show Sound Opinions and a professor at Columbia College, DeRogatis, along with his former Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch, didn´t just break the story, they did the

Is a Big Chill on the Way?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/17/2013 4:26:44 AM     Post Reply
As Steve noted a little while ago, the Northern states have been in a deep freeze for a while now. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that northern Minnesota hasn’t had a six-day stretch colder than the one the state has just suffered through since the Nixon administration, 1972. From December 6 through 11, the temperature in Duluth averaged 6 degrees. The Brainerd Dispatch went farther back in history to find the record coldest six-day stretch in December. If you’re curious, it was 1927, when for six days in Brainerd, the average temperature was 7.5 degrees below zero. Of course, that’s just

Obamacare: A Law or a Shakedown?
PJ Media, by Rich Baehr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:20:41 AM     Post Reply
Late last week, the Obama administration made a series of “requests” to insurance companies that are participating in the new exchanges, federal or state, as well as those companies processing renewal requests for individual insurance policies that were initially cancelled and may now be renewed in those states where the state insurance commissioner has given the OK. These “requests” follow a series of retreats from deadlines established at the time the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. These include: delaying the employer mandate for a year; delaying the end of the sign-up period for coverage beginning January 1; delaying the introduction of the

British police knock down
Princess Diana murder claim
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/17/2013 4:18:23 AM     Post Reply
There is "no credible evidence" to support a claim that the British military was involved in the deaths of Princess Diana, her boyfriend and their driver, according to London´s Metropolitan Police. The allegation first surfaced in August, roughly 16 years after the woman who would now be a royal grandmother died in a Paris car crash. Officers were tasked with looking into whether there was any truth to it. "Every reasonable line of enquiry was objectively pursued in order to fully evaluate any potential evidence," police said in a statement released overnight Monday. "The final conclusion is that whilst there is a possibility

  


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George Zimmerman’s Lawyer
Probed in Trayvon Martin Case
ABC News, by Mark Mooney    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/17/2013 4:15:26 AM     Post Reply
The Florida attorney who helped George Zimmerman beat a murder charge for the death of teenager Trayvon Martin is now being investigated for how he handled the case. “The Florida bar has one case pending at staff in regard to Atty. Mark O’Mara’s representation of George Zimmerman. All other information is confidential at this time, as is the case with all open investigations,” the bar said in a statement to ABC News. O’Mara severed ties with Zimmerman the day after Zimmerman’s wife called police in September to say that she was “very scared” after he has allegedly assaulted her father and threatened

Dial-A-Carol A Holiday
Tradition at U of Illinois
Associated Press, by Carla K. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:12:03 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois´ Champaign campus. It´s a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who´ve been up all night studying. The carols echoing in the lobby of Snyder Hall may be out of tune at times, but the voices ring with youthful energy. "They´re not music majors. They´re singing from their hearts," said Kirsten Ruby, spokeswoman for the university´s housing department. The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary, Betty Gordon, and

Report: U.S. energy industry flirting with
all-time high crude-oil production record
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:08:33 AM     Post Reply
In yet another testament to just how big a thank-you the Obama administration owes to the oil-and-gas industry and particularly hydraulic fracturing for helping to spur onward what has otherwise very largely been a paltry excuse for an economic “recovery,” the Energy Information Administration released their 2014 energy outlook report on Monday — and the United States has not only far and away surpassed the EIA’s own forecasts of yesteryear but is on track to hit new production records. The Financial Times summarizes: US crude oil production will come close to its record highs in just three years time as the

“I’m For It. But What
Is The Reality Of It?”
The Federalist, by Mollie Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:04:33 AM     Post Reply
Professional and culture elites have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But that was before thousands of New York writers, opera singers, photographers, doctors and lawyers found out they were having their health insurance plans canceled. The new plans cost more and have far fewer options. You can read all about it in the New York Times article, “With Affordable Care Act, Canceled Policies for New York Professionals.” One of the subjects of the piece goes so far as to say that had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney. Another says: “We

Obama’s Library, Advisers’ Dream
New York Times, by Jason Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/17/2013 3:34:14 AM     Post Reply
Washington — This spring, a longtime staff member for President Obama, Alyssa Mastromonaco, let a friend in on a secret. Mr. Obama had assigned her to begin planning his post-presidential library and foundation. (snip) But a few weeks later, White House staff members noticed that an even greater force in the Obama orbit was moving toward the action. Valerie Jarrett, the first couple’s matchmaker, early political patron and undisputed Obama whisperer, sensed a hot property. The question of who guides Mr. Obama’s next chapter may seem distant to the public. But, as aides to former President Bill Clinton have demonstrated, proximity

  



Fox News 2013 Ratings More
Than MSNBC, CNN, HLN Combined
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 3:15:56 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, Variety reported that Fox News had once again dominated all comers I the annual ratings, not merely blowing out CNN, MSNBC and HLN, but drawing more viewers than the combined averages of the three other networks. Fox News averaged 1.774 million viewers in primetime; the other three averaged a combined 1.626 million viewers in primetime. Fox finished sixth among all basic cable companies. The addition of Megyn Kelly to primetime has been a boon for Roger Ailes and company, with Kelly up 23% in total viewers in the timeslot. No wonder CNN, which is struggling to outpace Headline

Multivitamin researchers say
"case is closed" after studies find no health
benefits
CBS News, by Ryan Jaslow    Original Article
Posted By: Daisymae- 12/17/2013 2:36:35 AM     Post Reply
“Enough” with the multivitamins already. That’s the message from doctors behind three new studies and an editorial that tackled an oft-debated question in medicine: Do daily multivitamins make you healthier? After reviewing the available evidence and conducting new trials, the authors have come to a conclusion of “no.” “We believe that the case is closed -- supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful,” concluded the authors of the editorial summarizing the new research papers, published Dec. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “These vitamins should not be used

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts: So Many
Consider Obama the ‘First Gay President’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 2:03:25 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts examined the notion on Monday that President Barack Obama faces an uphill battle to safeguard the rights of gays and lesbians abroad who face repression in their home countries who are less tolerant of alternative lifestyles. Roberts asked if Obama has credibility with repressive government given that so many see him as America’s “first gay president.” Given the many areas in which the U.S. has encoutnred friction with Russia, a country that has cracked down on the rights of same-sex individuals recently, Roberts asked a human rights advocate on Monday whether the president has any credibility

The man who saved the lightbulb
Fox News, by Jeremy A. Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 12/16/2013 11:41:25 PM     Post Reply
A modern day Edison has a bright idea: a way to keep the incandescent bulb burning brightly, despite a government law set to go into effect New Year’s Day that effectively outlaws the most commonly used lightbulbs. Most bulbs, that is. Not those made by lightbulb savior Larry Birnbaum. “When the government decided to ban incandescent lightbulbs, they left a loophole in the law. An opening,” Birnbaum told FoxNews.com. “What that was was rough service.” (Snip) His bulbs, called Newcandescents, began shipping in 2010 -- made in America, at a plant outside of Indianapolis

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