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Obama on job performance: ´You
can´t take yourself too seriously´
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:56:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama says he manages the ups and downs of his job by laughing at himself. A lot. “Part of the way you survive the stress of the White House is being able to laugh with your team about some of the crazy stuff that happens,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with talk-show host Steve Harvey that aired Friday. “You can’t take yourself too seriously, you have to take the job seriously.” He didn’t mention it in the context of Obamacare’s problems, but the president said humor is a necessary part of surviving the pitfalls of the office. “You have to take

Chris Matthews’ Pick for ‘Political
Loser of the Year’ Might Surprise You
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 1:56:03 PM     Post Reply
He may have sent a “thrill” up Chris Matthews’‘ leg in 2008, but in 2013 President Barack Obama qualified as the MSNBC host’s “political loser of the year.” Matthews’ comments came as the answer to a question from Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe about who fared the worst politically in 2013. “It was a terrible year for the president,” he said. “It’s not just a bad year in terms of the [Obamacare] rollout,” Matthew continued. “There’s an erosion in interest. It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency, it

A Raid on Iran?
Weekly Standard, by Uri Sadot    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/20/2013 1:51:31 PM     Post Reply
As world powers debate what a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran should look like, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to maintain that Israel is not bound by the interim agreement that the P5+1 and Iran struck in Geneva on November 24. Israel, says Netanyahu, “has the right and the obligation to defend itself.” One question then is whether Netanyahu actually intends to strike Iranian nuclear facilities. The other question, no less important, is whether Israel could really pull it off. American analysts are divided on Israel’s ability to take effective military action.

  


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The Obamacare Chaos Strategy’s
Outlines Begin to Emerge
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:48:09 PM     Post Reply
On Christmas Eve, it will be three years and nine months since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, into law. Seven decades ago, it took less time — 3 years, 8 months and 26 days, from December 7, 1941, to September 2, 1945 — for the nation to endure the attack on Pearl Harbor, rebuild an undermanned and underequipped military, put the nation’s industrial might on a wartime footing, prosecute World War II, complete the Manhattan Project, and force the surrender of Nazi Germany and Japan. Now we’re supposed to believe, even when given virtually unlimited

The PC Lynching of Phil Robertson
PJ Media, by Roger L Simon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:43:17 PM     Post Reply
The A&E Network’s suspension of Phil Robertson, star of the most popular reality show in the history of television, for espousing views on homosexuality identical to those found in the New Testament may not be the first PC lynching in the history of our country, but it is certainly now the most prominent. It is also a singular example of how political correctness, via cultural relativism, is used to undermine democracy and freedom of speech and is, at its core, fascistic. Yes, I just used the f-word and quite deliberately. PC and cultural relativism are the godchildren of Martin Heidegger

Stewart Torches Fox News’
Defense of Phil Robertson’s
Right to Say ‘Ignorant Sh*t’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:32:33 PM     Post Reply
With the controversy over Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’ comments about homosexuality dominating cable news Thursday, Jon Stewart really had no choice but to offer the world his take on the issue. The Daily Show host took the opportunity to deliver a scathing take down of the “free speech absolutists” at Fox News. “Look, I think what the guy said is ignorant,” Stewart said, “but I also have an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant s... on television doesn’t get you kicked off that medium.” But does Fox News truly believe you shouldn’t “pressure people to have to

GLAAD: Lethal Enforcers
of the Left´s Tolerance Mob
Cybercast News Service, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:25:42 PM     Post Reply
"Duck Dynasty´s" Phil Robertson is not alone. He´s the latest in a long, long lineup of politically incorrect targets of the left´s sensitivity mob. Founded in 1985, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) gangstas won´t stop until both the cultural and legal enforcement of their agenda are the norm. The A&E network (Atheists & Elitists) suspended the reality TV patriarch and self-made businessman on Wednesday for the Biblical views he expressed in an interview with GQ. Robertson was asked by the liberal magazine what he viewed as sinful. Drawing on the condemnation of sexual immorality in Corinthians 6:9, he

  


  

Obama Is Too Smart to Fail
FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/20/2013 1:24:02 PM     Post Reply
We all know that George W. Bush was a moron. And we all know that Obama is a genius. We have been told by Valerie Jarrett, by his media lapdogs and even by the great man himself that he is just too smart to do his job. And it’s reasonable that a genius would be bored by the tedious tasks involved in running the most powerful nation on earth. But what is “smart” anyway? What makes Obama a genius? It’s not his IQ. It’s probably not his grades or we would have seen them already. It’s that he makes his supporters

UN Endorses Iran’s Call for a ‘World
Against Violence and Extremism’
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:20:01 PM     Post Reply
Three months after Iran’s president first invited the international community to embrace Tehran’s vision of a “world against violence and extremism” – or what he calls WAVE – the U.N. General Assembly has endorsed a resolution on the matter. The Iranian text, whose 11 co-sponsors included Syria and Cuba, was approved “by consensus” on Wednesday; no member-state called for a recorded vote. Several delegates did raise allegations of Iran’s own record of promoting “violence and extremism,” however, and the session in New York witnessed a heated exchange between the Iranian and Israeli ambassadors. The WAVE resolution calls on all countries to unite against

Sebelius: No Tax Penalty for Those
Who Had Individual Policies Canceled
Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:15:20 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a "temporary hardship exemption" from those penalties. Under another stopgap option Sebelius announced Thursday, those whose plans were canceled will be able to buy a bare-bones catastrophic plan regardless of their age. Such plans had been intended for those under 30. A dedicated hotline for people who

Insurance Companies Deserve Obamacare
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/20/2013 1:10:00 PM     Post Reply
The latest attempt by the Obama administration to avoid the consequences of its inept implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been to issue yet another of its surprise edicts. This new Health and Human Services regulation, which was announced Thursday night, “significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health coverage.” This last minute movement of the goalpost comes on the heels of another HHS rule change, issued a week ago

  


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Time is now for immigration reform
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jeb Bush Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:08:43 PM     Post Reply
As our members of Congress head home to enjoy the holiday recess and start of the New Year, I look back at all the progress we’ve made on immigration in 2013 — building a nationwide coalition of leaders who carry a bible, wear a badge or own a business — and I look forward to what 2014 holds in store for reform. Wide acknowledgement from Republican House leadership — and support among Republican constituents — shows that immigration reform is definitely not a “dead” issue, but one with great opportunity in 2014. Every member of the House leadership team has expressed commitment

Found heroin labeled ´Obamacare´
Politico, by Lucy McCalmont    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 12:50:28 PM     Post Reply
This probably isn’t the Obamacare PR push the White House had in mind. Earlier Friday, Massachusetts State troopers found 1,250 bags of heroin labeled with “Obamacare” during a traffic stop in Hatfield, Mass., according to a post published on the Facebook page of the Massachusetts State Police. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police confirmed the incident, and explained that most times when sealed bags of heroin are found, they are stamped with a branding so that the strain can be identified. “I think it’s whatever the person decides to put on it. So if the junkies who are buying them go,

Sickened by service: More US sailors
claim cancer from helping at Fukushima
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 12:42:43 PM     Post Reply
When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts. But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he´d been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, also began to develop frightening symptoms, including chronic bronchitis and hemorrhaging. They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served

9 questions you were too embarrassed
to ask about ‘Duck Dynasty’
Washington Post, by Dylan Matthews    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 12:41:24 PM     Post Reply
Phil Robertson, one of the stars of A&E´s mega-hit series Duck Dynasty, was suspended indefinitely by the network for calling homosexuality "illogical" and comparing it to bestiality, for trivializing the harm Jim Crow inflicted on black Americans, and for saying that Shintoism (which he likened to Nazism, Communism and Islamism) leads inexorably to violence in a GQ interview. However, conservative political figures from Bobby Jindal to Ted Cruz to Sarah Palin have leapt to his defense, arguing that his right to free expression is being threatened. If you found the above sentences kind of confusing, or aren´t exactly sure what

  


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Messiah Obama Turns 2014 Winter
Olympics into Sexuality Games
Washington Times, by Crystal Wright    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 12:38:35 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Anyone who thought the Olympics was about sports competition among nations apparently was wrong, at least according to President Barack Obama. Just like he has tried to reinvent America off her throne of greatness, Obama uses the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia to remake the games into a forum on gay rights. To protest Russia’s passage of laws this year banning the adoption of Russian babies to gay couples and public discussion of gay rights and relationships within ear shot and eyesight of children, Obama picked two openly gay athletes to headline the US delegation to Sochi.

Out2Enroll video has men in holiday
undies promoting subsidized healthcare
Washington Times, by Michael Lotfi    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 12:30:29 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – The Obama administration has teamed up with a campaign called #Out2Enroll, the brainchild of the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that focuses on “improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community,” according to their website. Out2Enroll video On December 18, 2013 the group uploaded this above video to their Youtube channel. The video seems to encourage risky sexual behavior and promiscuity. An enthusiastic singer, against the musical backdrop of “Let it Snow” sings such memorable lines as: Hope you’re stuffed from your Thanksgiving Now ’tis the season of giving ‘Fore the

Obama´s Like Jazz? New York Times
Touts ´President of the Cool´ Op-ed
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 12:20:33 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s approval ratings are in the dumps, but there are still die-hards on the black Left. On Thursday, the top center of the New York Times op-ed page carried author Ishmael Reed’s latest Obama defense, titled “The President of the Cool.” The pull quote was “Barack Obama embodies the soul of bebop jazz.” How in the tank is Ishmael Reed? In 2010, he published a book of essays with the title “Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the N**** Breakers.” Reed still sounds just like a liberal journalist in 2008, crowing about Obama’s coolness and “regal

Senate confirms Mayorkas to Homeland
Security post despite probe
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 12:19:47 PM     Post Reply
The Senate on Friday confirmed a controversial official for the No. 2 position at the Department of Homeland Security, despite Republican concerns that he´s the subject of an ongoing internal investigation. Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed on a 54-41 vote. The path to confirmation was eased by a recent Democratic move to only require 51 votes, as opposed to 60, to finalize these nominations. Mayorkas, who heads U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is facing a probe regarding his decisions in a foreign investor visa program. Democrats say the probe has uncovered nothing improper. Mayorkas has denied any wrongdoing. But Republicans last week urged

NBC´s Lauer Urges U.S.
Olympic Athlete to Stage Gay
Protest During Sochi Games
Media Research Center, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/20/2013 12:15:15 PM     Post Reply
While interviewing openly gay U.S. women´s hockey team player Caitlin Cahow on Thursday´s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer hoped for controversy during the games over Russia´s "anti-gay laws": "[Openly gay former tennis player] Billy Jean King said that perhaps it is time for a ´John Carlos moment´....that moment in 1968 in Mexico City [Olympics] when [U.S. runners] John Carlos and Tommy Smith stood up and they gave the Black Power salute because they wanted to protest racial inequality. Would you be willing to be a part of some kind of a John Carlos moment in Sochi?" [Listen to the audio]

  



Senate confirms turnaround
specialist to head IRS
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 12:13:51 PM     Post Reply
The Senate has voted to confirm President Barack Obama´s choice to head the Internal Revenue Service. John Koskinen is a retired corporate and government official who has run numerous organizations in crisis. He´ll serve a five-year term as IRS commissioner. The vote was 59-36. The 74-year-old Koskinen has extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He came in to overhaul mortgage buyer Freddie Mac after its near-collapse at the end of President George W. Bush´s administration. He also oversaw preparations for potential computer problems associated with the Year 2000 under President Bill Clinton. The IRS has about 90,000 employees

Democrats currently have a 1 percent
chance of retaking the House
Washington Post, by John Sides    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 12:11:54 PM     Post Reply
In the first post on our House forecasting model for the 2014 election, we estimated that, as of this moment, Republicans are likely to gain five seats in the House of Representatives. That estimate is in line with some others, such as this recent analysis from David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, who projects that right now the Republicans are likely to gain between zero and 10 seats. But as we noted in that post, any specific seat estimate comes with a lot of uncertainty. Any forecasting model is a simplification of reality and will not make perfect predictions, which

When Obama Takes Questions Today,
What Should He Be Asked?
National Public Radio News, by Mark Mammott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 12:09:32 PM     Post Reply
The White House just announced that the president will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. ET. So, we´ve changed our original headline from "If Obama Takes Questions ..." to "When." Note: The president´s sessions with reporters often get started a little late.(Snip) How might he fill that gap? that the president will endure a "torturous rite of passage ... a year-end press conference." The topics he would be quizzed about seem fairly obvious. They include: The troubled roll out of HealthCare.gov; the two-year budget deal; Edward Snowden and his leaks about the National Security Agency; the ongoing crisis in

Administration official points to new
security issues with healthcare.gov
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 12:03:40 PM     Post Reply
A top official working on healthcare.gov told lawmakers this week about two major security vulnerabilities, issues not disclosed publicly by the Obama administration as it pushes to convince Americans to sign up for Obamacare. Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told lawmakers of "two high findings" of risk — one of which was discovered just this week — according to interview transcripts released by the House Oversight Committee. According to industry standards, a high finding represents a “significant political, financial and legal damage.” "There were two high findings," Fryer told the

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