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Report: Fired nuke general
misbehaved in Russia
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 7:48:58 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Air Force general who was fired from command of U.S. land-based nuclear missile forces had engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while on official business in Russia last summer, including heavy drinking, rudeness to his hosts and associating with "suspect" women, according to an investigation report released Thursday. The events that led to the dismissal took place while Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was in Russia in July as head of a U.S. government delegation to a nuclear security training exercise. At the time, he was commander of the 20th Air Force, responsible for all 450 of the Air Force´s Minuteman

The Obamacare Generation
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/20/2013 7:46:13 AM     Post Reply
There are all sorts of time bombs embedded within Obamacare. Will we force doctors to treat the millions of new Medicaid patients who are signing up for services that can be only partially reimbursed? How exactly will the IRS collect penalties from millions of off-the-books youth who choose not to buy coverage? Of the newly insured who chose not to buy health insurance in the past, how many will follow through on their initial signups with steady monthly premium payments? If many don’t, how will we collect what they owe? Will all those who lost their coverage have enough money to buy

Nearly 6 months after Yarnell fire,
a final hotshot legacy begins
Arizona Republic [Phoenix,Az], by Karina Bland    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/20/2013 7:40:19 AM     Post Reply
She has her daddy’s dimples and brown hair – and lots of it – and the same floppy right ear. Billie Grace Warneke, whose firefighter father William Warneke died with 18 others in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, was born at 5:58 a.m. on Thursday in Tucson. She is 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and is named after her dad. Her mother, Roxanne Warneke, 25, was admitted to a Tucson hospital early Wednesday. After 22½ hours of labor, she took her daughter into her arms for the first time. “She looks like Billy,” said Roxanne’s mother, Maria Wilcox. Her

  


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Ted Cruz: If House Republicans Pass
Amnesty, Harry Reid Will Keep Senate
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/20/2013 6:56:53 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) predicted Thursday that House Republicans pushing for passage of any amnesty package in 2014 will ensure Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid maintain control of the Senate. Not only that, but Cruz argued that all House Republican engaged in passage of any amnesty should put a “Harry Reid for Majority Leader” bumper sticker on their cars. “I think we´ve got an incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014, to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader, and the number one thing Republicans could do to mess that up is to refuse to stand for principle,” Cruz said

Clinton: 2016 decision
will come next year
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 6:53:28 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton said she would look carefully at running for president in 2016 and decide sometime next year. In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, the former secretary of State said she has still not made up her mind about a second run for the White House. "Obviously, I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year,” she said. Clinton, who has made similar comments in the past, is widely expected to run for president, and early polling has shown her with a large advantage in the Democratic primary. Clinton said she is in no

Did conservatives get
trolled by Pajama Boy?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 6:50:43 AM     Post Reply
Yep, says Megan McArdle. A little, says me. Pajama Boy is not a good ad. Whatever you think about progressives, they are in most ways perfectly normal people. Normal people do not, at the age of 26 or so, want to spend their holiday in footy pajamas, listening to their parents harangue them about fiscal responsibility. Good ads usually do one of three things: they make you want to be more like the person in the ad; they make you want to date the person in the ad; or they engage you and the maker of the ad as knowing co-conspirators

Paglia: Duck Dynasty uproar
‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 6:45:03 AM     Post Reply
The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia. “I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday. “In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have

  


  

Erasing Southern History:
The Bonfire of the Portraits
American Thinker, by Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/20/2013 6:41:03 AM     Post Reply
When traveling recently to Virginia Beach, I couldn´t help but notice that I was no longer in Yankee land. I was in an entirely different world, one still significantly defined by the Civil War. I passed street after street named after famous southern generals -- General Jackson Drive, General Lee Drive, General Beauregard Drive, and General Hill Drive. Though he was a "general" of a different sort, even General Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, has a boulevard named after him. It was clear to me that Southerners revere their generals. And for good reason. The South´s generals have long been a part of

Piers Morgan: First Amendment
´Shouldn´t Protect Vile Bigots´
Like Phil Robertson
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 6:40:30 AM     Post Reply
At 9:30 a.m. on December 19th, CNN´s Piers Morgan tweeted that the First Amendment "shouldn´t protect vile bigots" like Phil Robertson. And while making this claim, Morgan also reiterated his position that the Second Amendment "shouldn´t protect assault rifle devotees." Twitchy.com posted Morgan´s tweet, as well as one he sent six minutes earlier in he which typed, "Phil Robertson is not a ´victim of political correctness.´ He´s a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry." When defenders of Robertson´s right to speak his mind took to Twitter to tell Morgan how the First Amendment works, Morgan hedged himself in by tweeting, "Calm

Huge backlash mounts over suspension
of ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 6:33:26 AM     Post Reply
For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck

Crush Phil Robertson,
Crush Free Speech
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/20/2013 6:22:09 AM     Post Reply
Poor Phil Robertson, "Duck Dynasty" star. He had the temerity to express opinions to GQ about homosexuality that landed him crosswise the nation´s gay jackboots. Out came the truncheons, whacking not just Phil over the head, but anyone, anywhere, who has anything to do with Phil, like A&E, which is the network that brings the wildly popular "Duck Dynasty" into millions of living rooms weekly. Bang, bang, go the gay jackboots´ clubs. Then comes the mace, just to make sure offenders get the point: Don´t dare speak your mind publicly in ways that question the gay militants´ party line, even if

  


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As president´s honesty ratings
tumble, can his effectiveness be resurrected?
Fox News, by Doug McKelway    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 5:35:45 AM     Post Reply
With polls showing a precipitous decline in President Obama’s honesty ratings, and two influential barometers of trust giving him “pants on fire” and “Pinocchio” awards for his ObamaCare comments, some analysts question if the president’s effectiveness can be resurrected. A Fox News poll conducted December 14-16 asked respondents "Is Barack Obama honest and trustworthy? Some 45% said yes and 49% said no. In April of 2009, when voters were asked the same question, 73% said yes and only 22% said no. What poll numbers convey in precision, two other trust indicators -- Politifact and the Washington Post´s Fact-Checker column --

Jury rules $12m Andy Warhol portrait
of Farrah Fawcett DOES belongs to
longtime companion Ryan O´Neal
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 5:30:16 AM     Post Reply
An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett belongs to actor Ryan O´Neal, a jury determined on Thursday. The artwork´s ownership has been fiercely contested during a three-week trial in which Fawcett´s final wishes and her relationship with O´Neal were dissected. Jurors voted 9-3 in O´Neal´s favor. Their verdict will allow the actor to keep the portrait in his beachside home, where he has said it remains a powerful reminder of his decades-long relationship with Fawcett. O´Neal wasn´t in the courtroom when the verdict was read, but his sons Patrick and Redmond were. The brothers hugged as jurors filed out of the courtroom. Patrick O´Neal said

In mariachi music, students find
path to college
Associated Press, by Manuel Valdez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 5:28:59 AM     Post Reply
WENATCHEE, Wash.- By the end of a recent weekend, the big achievement among Ramon Rivera´s high school mariachi band wasn´t that they had logged more than 700 miles in a bus packed with musical instruments or that they had played two shows in front of large audiences. It was that eight of them, all sons and daughters of Latino farmworkers from the agricultural city of Wenatchee, had been accepted into Washington State University - the first in their families to gain admission to college. "They could be the next lawyers, senators, doctors, and the next president of the United States,"

Michelle´s Christmas Message to Moms
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 5:24:27 AM     Post Reply
Now that it´s been firmly established that nothing Barack Obama says has one iota of credibility, the newest addition to the "Shove ObamaCare down America´s Throat" Brigade is Mama Michelle Obama. Since she´s a mother and all, the White House has decided that she´d be a better person to promote the ACA hooey than Barack, who thus far has proven to be less than straightforward. Michelle Obama, who, Jay Carney pointed out, is both a mom and "a great messenger," is the same woman who once encouraged mothers across America to breastfeed their babies. Now, on behalf of her husband,

  


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Obama: ´Duck Dynasty´ Family
Seems Like ´Pretty Fun Bunch´
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 5:20:29 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama said the Duck Dynasty family seems like a "pretty fun bunch" in an interview for People magazine that hits newsstands Friday. “The Duck Dynasty family seems like a pretty fun bunch, so I can see how that would be pretty fun," Obama said in remarks that were made before patriarch Phil Robertson got indefinitely suspended Wednesday for what were deemed to be "anti-gay" remarks. Obama, who has been referred to as the "first gay president" by figures like Andrew Sullivan and MSNBC´s Thomas Roberts for his embrace of gay marriage, was responding to a question about whether

Mary Landrieu and All That JAZZ
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberly Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 5:12:10 AM     Post Reply
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu rolled out her pitch for a fourth term in an interview with the Times-Picayune in April. "I´m indispensable," she told the New Orleans newspaper, noting that her pull in the Senate would "secure for Louisiana a significant and reliable string of revenue." As usual, Ms. Landrieu was talking about her efforts on behalf of Louisiana´s oil and gas sector, the bedrock of the state´s economy. She claims to be her party´s fiercest advocate for that industry, and she talks extensively about her support for the Keystone XL pipeline, her opposition to industry taxes and her desire to

‘You will be made to care’
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/20/2013 5:03:37 AM     Post Reply
When I was a boy attending Wolfsville Elementary in Western, Maryland, a teacher took a poll to see what we wanted to be when we grew up. “Farmer” was the number one answer. “Truck driver” was number two. One of my classmates — a distant cousin — didn’t even get indoor plumbing until we got to middle school. This gives you an idea of the milieu. Today, I live in Northern Virginia. I take the Metro. I have a pet pug. Sometimes, I wear those nerdy glasses like the guy from Weezer. I’m vaguely aware of “Arcade Fire’s” oeuvre. My wife

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,

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

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