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By flouting immigration law, Obama
endangers children and enriches smugglers
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:56:53 AM     Post Reply
Advocates of immigration reform often argue that sweeping new laws are needed because "the system is broken." But a newly released court opinion suggests the system is broken in part because the Obama administration stubbornly refuses to enforce immigration laws already on the books. United States vs. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez is a human trafficking case. On May 18, Nava-Martinez was caught trying to smuggle a 10-year-old Salvadoran girl across the border checkpoint at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge in Texas. According to an order signed last week by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, this is what happened: The girl,

John Kerry’s crazed Mideast quest
New York Post, by Benny Avni    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:50:58 AM     Post Reply
As Secretary of State John Kerry gets ever deeper in the weeds of an Israeli-Palestinian process that he alone believes will lead to peace in our time, the omens suggest things are more likely to get worse. Wednesday brought signs that renewed violence lurks, as well as new complaints about Kerry’s work from both sides. That night, an elite Israeli Defense Force unit, trying to arrest a Hamas top terrorist in the West Bank town of Jenin, got caught in a firefight with armed Palestinians. Nafa al-Saedi, a member of the Palestinian Authority’s internal security apparatus, got caught in the crossfire and killed.

Ladies’ Man
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:47:53 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has never been a man’s man, or, more precisely, a men’s man. In 2008 he failed to win a majority of men’s votes, and in 2012 he lost men decisively. Hostility toward the president is not distributed evenly among men: He does fairly well among Hispanics and enjoys nearly unanimous support among blacks, but he lost the last election by 27 points among white men. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, men report disapproval of the president by a more than 2-to-1 margin. Men aren’t buying what President Obama is selling. The president’s low standing among the Y-chromosome set,

  


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Christmas future bright
for Whitey Bulger kin
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/20/2013 4:46:18 AM     Post Reply
Christmas is for cops and kids, Whitey Bulger used to say, but not this year. It’s a bleak Noel for all associated with Boston’s pre­eminent crime family, and not just because Uncle Jimmy won’t be home for Christmas, not even in his dreams. He’s gone from the Bay State for two life terms, plus five years. The Bureau of Prisons has shipped the coke-dealing serial killer west to Granny Warren’s hometown of Oklahoma City, his next destination parts unknown. Maybe Tulsa, maybe Miami, and sooner or later the federal graybar hotel known as Supermax. But let’s talk about the mass

The Welfare Queen
Slate, by Josh Levin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:42:51 AM     Post Reply
Ronald Reagan loved to tell stories. When he ran for president in 1976, many of Reagan’s anecdotes converged on a single point: The welfare state is broken, and I’m the man to fix it.(Snip)“In Chicago, they found a woman who holds the record,” the former California governor declared at a campaign rally in January 1976. “She used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year.” As soon as he quoted that dollar

‘Tis the season for apologies
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:37:21 AM     Post Reply
If Barack Obama wants a worthy legacy, now that he is well on his way to wrecking the health care system, he should establish a Cabinet-level department to make sure that every American gets all the apologies he deserves. Demanding apologies has become the national pastime. The apologies don’t have to be authentic, and in fact few of them are. The most often heard apology, usually offered by a politician, is something like “I sincerely apologize to anyone who might have been offended for anything I said.” Translated from the corporate vernacular, that’s “if I said anything to hurt your feelings,

Swirling the Bowl
American Spectator, by Ross Kaminsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:32:50 AM     Post Reply
If you accidentally dropped your most treasured piece of jewelry into the toilet just as you were flushing, you’d scream, you’d cry, and you might tell a sympathetic friend…unless you were just too embarrassed. Among President Obama’s formerly greatest champions — minorities, unions, so-called journalists and young voters — the swirling-into-oblivion administration has engendered a remarkable sullen silence, given their loss, as they passively give up on recovering their once-loved gem, now sullied by this government’s own political excrement. Covered with the stench of debacles including Obamacare, the NSA, Syria, Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP, while demonstrating a level of incompetence

  


  

Government Man
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:30:18 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is more perceptive about the shortcomings of government than we thought. “We have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Wow! And pity the poor businessman who doesn’t know which federal agency to turn to for help. “If you’re a small business person getting started, you may think you need to go to the Small Business Administration on one thing [and] you have got to go to Commerce on another,” he said. “We have got, for example, 16 different agencies ... to help businesses, large

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson
Knew Exactly What He Was Doing
The Federalist, by Mollie Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/20/2013 4:19:38 AM     Post Reply
The A&E channel says Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the wildly popular reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” is off the show after saying homosexuality is sinful. (Snip)In any case, Douglas LeBlanc — a veteran journalist with Louisiana roots — offers his perspective and predictions on the matter: Phil Robertson knew exactly what he was doing in making his remarks to GQ. His making them as he did indicates that (a) he’s grown weary of accommodating A&E’s programmers and is happy to see a separation, (b) he doesn’t give the slightest damn what big-city yuppies will think of him, or both.

Metaphor Alert: The U.S. Capitol Dome
Is Cracked 1,300 Times, Needs Repair
Time, by Alex Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/20/2013 4:15:19 AM     Post Reply
Across a circular expanse 180 feet high near the top of the U.S. Capitol rotunda, Kevin Hildebrand, the chief of the building’s Architecture division, spoke in words that echoed as they bounced off the walls. “Of course, the personification of freedom stamping out tyranny and injustice is right over my head,” he said, referring to the Apotheosis of Washington, a massive 19th century fresco featuring George Washington seated between Liberty and Victory, 13 maidens, and six figures representing War, Science, Marine, Commerce, Agriculture, and Mechanics. “It’s an amazing piece of artwork.” And it’s one worth preserving. Over 250 feet from the

Obama Administration Announces Another
Obamacare Exemption; Insurance Industry
Warns of ‘Tremendous Instability’
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:06:49 AM     Post Reply
Well here we go again. Another lawless move by a lawless administration. The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change just before the holiday break,announced a major exemption in ObamaCare that will let people who lost coverage and are struggling to get a new plan sign up for bare-bones policies. The move Thursday to allow potentially hundreds of thousands of people to sign up for “catastrophic” coverage plans was blasted by the insurance industry as a shift that would cause “tremendous instability.” The administration downplayed the sudden change, saying they expected it to impact fewer than 500,000 people. Yeah, well, they

  


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Spy Panel Wants Duplicate
Oversight Board Replaced
Associated Press, by Stephen Braun    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:55:55 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency´s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately - with different experts and private and public hearings - but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least a little surprising when the first panel, which recommended changes to NSA´s programs this week, urged the White House to abolish the second panel and replace it with a new one. Among 46 recommendations spelled out in a 300-page document released Wednesday by the President´s

Dumped from ‘Duck Dynasty’:
The politics of suspending a
TV star for anti-gay remarks
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:48:16 AM     Post Reply
Conservative politicians jumped on the “Duck Dynasty” uproar Wednesday faster than you could load a hunting rifle. And they came out firing at A&E Networks for having the temerity to suspend Phil Robertson, the reality show’s star, for calling homosexuality a sin and equating it with bestiality. Despite all the rhetoric you’ll hear, this is not a free speech issue. Robertson is entitled to say whatever he wants, as he did in the GQ interview, and A&E is entitled to pull him off the air if it deems the comments offensive. There is no First Amendment right to appear on a television

WaPo Poll Report Headline: ´Obama
Suffers Most From Year of Turmoil´
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:13:16 PM     Post Reply
Poor guy. Barack Obama gets to jet around on Air Force One, golfs every once in a while (/sarc), and has all the trappings and perks of the highest office in the land. But according to a headline in Monday´s Washington Post, he is the one person in the whole USA above everyone else — not those who have lost health insurance plans with which they were happy, not those who are paying outrageious amounts for far skimpier coverage than they formerly had, not the millions of potential workers so discouraged that they are no longer looking for work or

Robertson Family Issues Statement
on Duck Dynasty’s Future on A&E
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:07:59 PM     Post Reply
The night after A&E decided to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson over comments he made in an interview about homosexual sex, the Robertson family posted a statement to its website about the future of the show. Read the full statement below: We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered

  


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Obama Administration Knew
of Healthcare.gov Security
Risks Before Launch
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 10:33:24 PM     Post Reply
Documents provided to the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform reveal that the Obama administration knew of security vulnerabilities within Healthcare.gov prior to Oct. 1, but launched the website anyway. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said Health and Human Services (HHS) officials showed a “disturbing lack of judgment” by going ahead with the site’s launch and putting Americans’ personal information at risk. Results of a security assessment conducted by a contractor on the site, MITRE Corporation, found that 19 security vulnerabilities remained unaddressed on Oct. 1. Eleven of the 19 vulnerabilities “significantly impact the confidentiality, integrity and/or availability of the system data,”

Oops: Officials Urge 30,000 Illinoisans to
´Start Over´ on Obamacare Application Process
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:26:43 PM     Post Reply
Covered California mailed out more than 100,000 botched letters to confused consumers in late November and early December, and now this story from the president´s home state: Illinois officials are emailing and calling thousands of people, advising them to start over on their health insurance applications if they believe the federal government mistakenly referred them to Medicaid. The latest wrinkle in the troubled enrollment process for the nation´s new health insurance system was announced Wednesday, just days ahead of a key enrollment deadline. The federal HealthCare.gov website received more than 30,000 applications from Illinoisans who may be eligible for Medicaid, the

Liberal Media: People Mocking
Obama´s PajamaBoy Are Racist,
Homophobic Cyberbullies
NewsBusters, by Matthew Sheffield    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:19:55 PM     Post Reply
Just as cigars sometimes can indeed be just cigars, so too can jokes. Yet this is a point which seems to be lost on several left-wing media writers who have taken great umbrage at the mockery that conservatives are making at the expense of one Ethan Krupp, better known as “PajamaBoy.” The crew on MSNBC’s Morning Joe proved today that not everyone on the left has missed the absurdity of the Obama administration putting forward a grown man in children’s pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate as the public face of Obamacare to young people. Still, there appear to

´Duck Dynasty´ fans react
to Robertson´s hiatus
Associated Press, by John Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:15:38 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show. Fourteen hours after it was learned that Robertson had been placed on indefinite "hiatus" for telling GQ magazine, among other things, that gays are headed to hell, more than a half-million people liked an impromptu Facebook page demanding the show be boycotted until

Obama commuted sentence
of Deval Patrick kin
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:13:01 PM     Post Reply
One of the eight federal prisoners granted sentence commutations by President Barack Obama Thursday is a first cousin of Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass), one of the president´s most devoted supporters on the national political scene. Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr. was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in Illinois federal court in 1994 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute crack. He was 19 at the time of his arrest and 17 at the time he got involved running drugs for the Gangster Disciples gang. He is

  



Obama administration relaxes
rules of health-care law four
days before deadline
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:10:24 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage. “This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead

D.C. to tout Obamacare among
youth waiting for Air Jordans
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:08:21 PM     Post Reply
The D.C. health exchange says it is launching an Obamacare blitz this weekend and knows where to go to find “young invincibles” — in line to buy the latest edition of Air Jordan sneakers. D.C. Health Link announced on Thursday it will seek out shoppers this weekend — the last retail spurt before Christimas — to educate them about enrollment options under the Affordable Care Act on its city-run health exchange. It will kick off its strategy at Safeway grocery stores on Friday in the city’s eastern wards. On Saturday, exchanges assisters will work the lines that will likely form

Story of the year
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:07:30 PM     Post Reply
The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is — which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place. Obamacare was sold as simply a refinement of the current system, retaining competition among independent insurers but making things more efficient, fair and generous. Free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke. Free mammograms and checkups for you and me. Free (or subsidized) insurance for some 30 million uninsured.

In embrace of ‘Duck Dynasty’
star, 2016 hopefuls make
bid for evangelicals
Washington Post, by Matea Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:05:26 PM     Post Reply
Few could have predicted that the story lines of the hit A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” and the 2016 presidential contest would converge. But that unexpected mash-up played out Thursday as conservative politicians rushed to defend Phil Robertson, the shaggy-bearded, homespun star of the breakout series, who was suspended by the cable network after his published comments about gays stirred a storm of controversy. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a likely White House contender whose state is home to the show about a family that runs a duck-hunting gear enterprise, called Robertson and his family “great citizens.” “The politically correct

Report: U.S. Air Force general
drank too much, fraternized with
foreign women in Moscow
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:02:20 PM     Post Reply
An Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons repeatedly drank too much and behaved like a boor last summer during an official trip to Moscow, where he insulted his Russian hosts and hung out with two suspicious women he met at a hotel bar, according to an investigative report released Thursday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who was commander of the Air Force´s arsenal of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, “acted in a manner that exceeded the limits of accepted standards of good conduct” during a four-day visit to Moscow in July, according to an investigation conducted by the Air Force

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