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Antibiotics of the future
Wall Street Journal, by Shirley S. Wang    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/17/2013 8:47:47 PM     Post Reply
Scientists are working to develop new strategies to combat the growing threat of germs that current antibiotics can´t fight. Some researchers are testing new substances, such as silver, to combine with antibiotics to boost their killing power. Other researchers are making use of genetic sequencing of bacteria to help develop killer drugs at a faster pace than medical science was capable of in the past. Another strategy aims to render harmful bacteria incapable of infecting people, rather than killing the germs outright. One such technique would neutralize disease-causing toxins by disrupting the bacteria´s internal mechanisms.

Long Island man arrested in
multiple ´knockout´ assaults - Exclusive
WABC [NY], by N. J. Burkette    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 8:46:10 PM     Post Reply
Amityville, New York -- Law enforcement sources tell Eyewitness News, a 20-year-old Long Island man is under arrest and is expect to be charged with up to 7 counts of ´knockout´ assaults that date back to April of 2013. Darryl Mitchell of Amityville is expected to be charged in the assaults of residents, at least two of them elderly in the Babylon to Amityville area. Darryl Jones says it came out of nowhere. A single, roundhouse punch to the face that left him stunned. And a gash above his eye that took seven stitches to close. "It I wasn't strong enough, I probably would've passed out," Jones said.

Time for GOP to Sister-
Souljah Big Business
National Review Online, by Mark Krikorian    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2013 8:29:09 PM     Post Reply
John Fonte’s excellent piece on the home page adds to the case made by Yuval Levin, Tim Carney, Douthat & Salam, and others for the GOP adopting what Senator Jeff Sessions calls “a humble and honest populism” as the antidote to the perception of conservatism and the Republican party as favoring big business at the expense of working people. Corporate support for big government cronyism, racial preferences, the sovereignty-undermining Law of the Sea treaty, and unlimited immigration (not to mention appeasement of the Soviet Union back in the day) highlight the anti-conservative and post-American nature of today’s big

  


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Obamas and Bidens to snub Sochi
Olympics opening ceremonies amid
tensions with Russia over Edward
Snowden tensions and gay rights
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2013 8:12:24 PM     Post Reply
President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their families will skip the opening or closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, breaking with recent tradition that has seen very senior White House officials in attendance when athletes from around the world arrive for competition. The move will be seen as a snub of Russian President Vladimir Putin, since the last four Olympics saw far more senior administration officials in attendance. And adding to the in-your-face decision, the U.S. will include an openly gay athlete, Billie Jean King, among its luminaries when the Sochi games open--in defiance of Russia´s

Anarchy (or not) for Christmas
Oregon Magazine, by Art Hyland    Original Article
Posted By: previouslyon24- 12/17/2013 7:52:43 PM     Post Reply
“Why is it we fought against tyrannical, socialist enemies (during hot and cold wars) only to systematically and gradually adopt the same senseless governing philosophies. . .” It’s possible that some of the most well-adjusted people in the world belong to the Mafia. And why not, given that normal, external rules and convention are completely ignored in favor of doing, and getting by with whatever it takes to get the job done. If it means bribery, extortion, or threatening to kill, that’s just part of their routine measures of “persuasion.” Their lifestyle works so well they have little reason to doubt their own sense of well-being.

Borrowed Eloquence
Powerline, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: previouslyon24- 12/17/2013 7:49:57 PM     Post Reply
Is Barack Obama really the somewhat interesting guy who wrote Dreams From My Father? I doubt it. I don’t say Bill Ayers necessarily wrote the book, but I doubt that it was Obama. He has yet to formulate a political thought in an even slightly original way. Hackneyed phrases and deadening cliches are the essential medium of his expression. His speeches are like New York Times editorials. They ought to be accompanied by a warning: Reading may kill brain cells. There is no premium on originality in political rhetoric, but Obama tests the limits. He extends the concept of recycling into previously uncharted territory.

The Judge and the NSA
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 7:48:08 PM     Post Reply
Federal Judge Richard Leon has become a sudden political celebrity after his remarkable opinion holding that antiterror surveillance is unconstitutional and, even more remarkably, enjoining the entire program. If only his legal reasoning were as compelling as his new repute. Klayman v. Obama was filed in the D.C. district court in the backwash of the Edward Snowden disclosures and claims that the National Security Agency´s bulk collection of telephone records violates the Fourth Amendment´s ban on unreasonable searches. Judge Leon´s 68-page opinion stays his injunction pending appeal. The largest flaw is that the

  


  

Tom Latham won´t seek re-election
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: zzen01- 12/17/2013 7:30:33 PM     Post Reply
DES MOINES — Aides to U.S. Rep. Tom Latham say the 10-term Iowa Republican will not seek re-election in 2014. The 65-year-old Republican from Clive will have spent 20 years in Congress and is Iowa´s senior U.S. House member. His decision creates an open seat that includes the Des Moines area, Iowa´s most populous region. Latham was heavily courted this year by Iowa Republicans and the national GOP to seek Iowa´s open Senate seat in 2014, but he turned that down in February. Five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin announced in January that he would retire. Latham is a member of the Appropriations Committee and

Journalists Place Near Bottom in Poll
Ranking Public Respect for Professions
NewsBusters, by Matthew Sheffield    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 7:29:00 PM     Post Reply
Continuing a decades-long trend, members of the media placed near the bottom in a poll which asked respondents their opinions of various professions. In the Gallup survey, TV reporters were barely more popular than advertising salespeople, state-level politicians, car salesmen, members of Congress, and lobbyists with just 20 percent of respondents saying they had a favorable opinion. They were tied with lawyers. Print newspaper reporters fared slightly better at 21 points. (Snip) In a separate analysis, Gallup revealed that people’s partisan identities seemed to affect their views of the various jobs.

Court Finds Administration
Trampled Fourth Amendment
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 7:19:25 PM     Post Reply
Domestic Spying: A federal court condemns the government´s "collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen." This time it´s the Fourth Amendment the president is violating. Preventing terrorism is the most compelling reason to give government the benefit of the doubt in scrutinizing Americans´ domestic communications. But U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, in an injunction issued Monday, pointed out that the government couldn´t "cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA´s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack" or aided in other government time-sensitive

Manhunt for Suspects in
Deadly Luxury Mall Carjacking
Associated Press, by David Porter    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 7:09:34 PM     Post Reply
SHORT HILLS, N.J. - An evening of shopping ended in horror for a New Jersey couple when the husband was shot to death in a mall parking garage as his wife looked on and the two assailants then drove off in their luxury SUV. The vehicle stolen Sunday, a silver Range Rover, was recovered Monday morning in a residential neighborhood in Newark, about 10 miles away from the Mall at Short Hills. The two carjackers were at large, and a local anti-crime group was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to their arrest and conviction. Killed in the attack was 30-year-old Dustin Friedland, a lawyer from Hoboken who had

  


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Nothing Left to Cut: Budget Deal
Spares $30 Billion in Waste
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 7:06:59 PM     Post Reply
Spending: Now that the Senate is on board with a budget deal that busts the sequester spending caps, lawmakers can finally stop all that dreadful cost-cutting — before they hit vital projects like NASA´s 3D Pizza Printer. The bipartisan budget deal, which will add $63 billion in spending, came just in time. After all, "the cupboard is bare," as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., put it awhile back. "There´s no more cuts to make." We see what Pelosi means. In fact, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., just published a lengthy report this week showcasing all the vital things the government does that, thankfully, will be spared the ax.

Navigators Tell Applicants
To Lie Like Administration
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 7:03:22 PM     Post Reply
No Veritas: A congressional field hearing has confirmed that not only is ObamaCare a lie agreed upon, but that "navigators" hired to guide the unwilling are telling applicants to lie and ignore the legal requirements to enroll. James O´Keefe, the videographer who helped topple the community activist group Acorn, recently released a video showing ObamaCare navigators in Dallas advising applicants to lie about their income and otherwise evade legal procedures and requirements when signing up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act´s exchanges. That ObamaCare navigators, who receive a minimum of training and escape the

BP files fraud suit to cut oil
spill seafood fund payout
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/17/2013 6:59:59 PM     Post Reply
BP filed a fraud lawsuit in U.S. court on Tuesday to halt some of the $2.3 billion it set aside to compensate commercial fishermen for losses claimed after the British oil company´s 2010 offshore oil spill, the biggest in U.S. history. The latest court action by BP seeking to reduce payments from the spill alleges that part of a group of fishermen hurt by the spill, clients of lawyer Mikal C. Watts, did not exist. "We now know that over half of Watts´ alleged clients were phantoms: individuals never represented by Watts, in a number of cases not even commercial fishermen, and in some instances individuals who are deceased," BP said

Pa. town latest to force drivers over
and ask for cheek swabs for federal study
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: dirtyjersey- 12/17/2013 6:59:47 PM     Post Reply
Drivers in a southeastern Pennsylvania town were forced off a local street and into a parking lot, so a federal contractor – aided by local police --could quiz them about their road habits and ask for a cheek swab, in a replay of an incident last month in Texas. The checkpoint, in downtown Reading, was one of several conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which was hired by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Although the questioning and cheek swab were voluntary, local residents said they were directed by police to pull over,

  


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MSNBC’s Krystal Ball: ‘We Could
Eliminate Poverty’ with a ‘Mincome’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 6:32:52 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, MSNBC host Krystal Ball devoted a portion of The Cycle to advocating for the establishment of a national minimum guaranteed income. She insisted that research shows such a program does not create disincentives to work and could “eliminate poverty” with merely the stroke of a pen. Ball began by highlighting protest movements around the world advocating “for what sounds like a radical idea: Guaranteeing every citizen a monthly minimum income, or what some supporters call a ‘mincome.’” She said that the gravity of the issue of income inequality in the United States has prompted American lawmakers to consider

New report shows poor minorities in the
South are disproportionately shut out of
insurance options under Obamacare
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Lauren Sausser    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2013 6:19:27 PM     Post Reply
Nearly 5 million poor, uninsured adults will have no subsidized coverage options under the Affordable Care Act next year. Three-quarters of them live in the South and more than half are minorities, according a new report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. In South Carolina, 104,000 white adults and 83,000 black adults with very low incomes will not qualify for Medicaid or a subsidy to help pay for health insurance next year. South Carolina, like most other Southern states led by Republican governors, is not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. These residents who fall below 100 percent of

Michelle Obama lets it slip
that she´s getting Barack
gym clothes for Christmas
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2013 6:05:44 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama has let Santa´s list slip as she revealed what she will be getting the President for Christmas. The First Lady said that she will be getting Barack some gym clothes as his big present this year. ´He said that’s what he wanted,´ she said at a reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas at a children´s hospital in D.C. on Monday. She was the first to catch on to how her revelation may be connected to her ongoing fitness campaign to fight obesity and increase exercise. ´I’m not forcing my husband to work out,´ she said.

Obama replaces healthcare.gov czar, brings
in former Microsoft bigwig (who´s also a
Democratic congresswoman´s husband!)
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2013 5:58:16 PM     Post Reply
Former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will soon take over the job of resuscitating healthcare.gov, the White House announced on Tuesday, replacing former budget director Jeff Zients who will move on to become President Barack Obama´s chief economic adviser. DelBene, the most recent president of the Microsoft Office Division, isn´t taking the job for the paycheck. He´s donating his salary back to the U.S. Treasury. His wife, Suzan DelBene, is a first-term congresswoman from the state of Washington. She holds the seat vacated in 2012 by now-Governor Jay Inslee, and spent $2.8 million of her and Mr. DelBene´s money to win

Media´s Too Happy
About NSA Ruling
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 5:44:18 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Have you seen the news about the NSA? The federal judge, Richard Leon, has declared that the NSA sweeping phone calls is unconstitutional. Fourth Amendment. It violates search and seizure, and one of his big assertions in his opinion was that the government, despite being asked numerous times to produce evidence, has not been able to produce evidence that what they´re doing is working. They haven´t been able to produce evidence that they´re actually getting closer to capturing terrorists or other criminals, and I´m kind of conflicted because the knee-jerk reaction is to support Judge Leon and the ruling

  



Poll: Americans´ Belief in
God Is Strong--But Declining
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 5:36:40 PM     Post Reply
A new Harris Poll finds that a strong majority (74 percent) of U.S. adults say they believe in God, but that´s down from the 82 percent who expressed such a belief in earlier years.Belief in miracles, heaven and other religious teachings also declined in the latest poll, as follows: --72 percent believe in miracles, down from 79 percent in 2005;--68 percent believe in heaven, down from 75 percent;--68 percent believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72 percent;--65 percent believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70 percent;--64 percent believe in the survival

How the Consultant Class
Views the Tea Party
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 5:35:01 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I want to start in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with Andrew. Hi, Andrew. I really appreciate your patience. Thank you very much for waiting. Hello. CALLER: Thank you, sir. I don´t think the Republicans are suffering at all from PTSD. I think it´s a classic case of the Stockholm Syndrome. They´ve been held captive for such a long time by the media, scared to death of them, and along comes the rescuers in the form of the Tea Party, and instead of embracing their freedom, they turn on them in the hopes of currying favor with their captors. RUSH: Hmm. Hmm! Well, even

Is Putin One of Us?
Townhall, by Patrick J. Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 5:28:10 PM     Post Reply
Is Vladimir Putin a paleoconservative? In the culture war for mankind´s future, is he one of us? While such a question may be blasphemous in Western circles, consider the content of the Russian president´s state of the nation address. With America clearly in mind, Putin declared, "In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered." "They´re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil." Translation: While privacy and freedom of thought, religion and speech are cherished rights, to

Limbaugh Echo Syndrome:
GOP Has PTSD
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 5:22:40 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I forget if it was last week or the week before, there was either a call asking my opinion or else I just launched into it based on something that happened in the news. But I was trying to explain why the Republicans were not fighting back on anything having to do with Obama and the Democrats, and I said, "´Cause I think they´re shell-shocked. I think they´ve got PTSD. I think they´re scared to death. They don´t see Obama plummeting in the polls, and if they do, they don´t believe it. They´re just shell-shocked, and this government shutdown,

If You Oppose
Obama, You´re a "Hater"
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 5:17:15 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Washington Post today, Chris Cillizza. "Meet the haters. We’re talking about the voters who’ve had it with all Washington politicians: President Obama, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats. Despite their distaste for, well, everyone, when push comes to shove, these voters are lining up squarely behind GOP candidates for Congress." So in the Washington Post today, in a piece by our old buddy Chris Cillizza, the vast majority of Republican voters are haters. If you don´t like what´s going on in Washington, if your solution is to vote Republican, you´re a hater. Remember the woman who called here two weeks

Italy’s president fears violent insurrection
in 2014 but offers no remedy
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2013 5:17:01 PM     Post Reply
Events in Italy are turning serious. President Giorgio Napolitano has warned of “widespread social tension and unrest” in 2014 as the Long Slump drags on. Those living on the margins are being drawn into “indiscriminate and violent protest, a sterile lurch towards total opposition”. His latest speech is a veritable Jeremiad. Thousands of companies are on the “brink of collapse”. Great masses of the working people are on the dole or at risk of losing their jobs. Very high rates of youth unemployment (41pc) are leading to dangerous alienation. “The recession is still biting hard, and there is a pervasive

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