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We need solution-oriented conservatism
The Hill [DC], by April Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/21/2013 5:26:10 AM     Post Reply
Conservatives have a rare moment of opportunity right now. Liberalism has discredited itself through overreach and incompetence. Most Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction under liberal rule. Gallup shows 78 percent of the public dissatisfied with the state of the country. Trust in government is at a staggeringly low 19 percent according to the Pew Research Center. Health care was supposed to be the issue that made Americans return to the big-government fold. Instead, Obamacare has had exactly the opposite effect, confirming people’s suspicions about the ability of government activism to improve their lives. To seal the deal

Our Nuclear Delegate to Russia Acted
Like a Frat Bro on Spring Break
Atlantic Wire, by Danielle Weiner Bronner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:22:34 AM     Post Reply
A recently publicized report breaks down why a top Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons was dismissed in October. It had a lot to do with two-day bender on an official visit to Russia: Drinking, missing meetings, fraternizing with sketchy women, and generally acting like a jerk. In October, Major General Michael Carey was dismissed from his post at the head of the Air Force´s arsenal of nuclear ballistic missiles for "personal misbehavior." At the time, details were limited to a brief statement from the Air Force explaining that the officer in charge of 450 ballistic missiles across three

Is a Guantánamo Nativity scene
really such a threat to the West?
Telegraph [UK], by Graeme Archer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 5:21:51 AM     Post Reply
"A very merry Christmas/ And a Happy New Year/ Let’s hope it’s a good one/ Without any fear…” Everyone is allowed a little inconsistency at this time of year. Mine extends to being fond of--to the point of being moved to tears by--John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s anti-war Christmas song Happy Christmas (War Is Over). [Snip] When the tree came to life, all Christmas could begin). Something about things lost (that is, people lost--that is, my father, the Lennon fan, now dead). And something about its plangent refrain, which gets me every time, moves me (the strange potency of cheap

  


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Obamacare Is Falling
Apart Before Our Eyes
Weekly Standard, by James C. Capretta    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:16:29 AM     Post Reply
The wrecking ball swung again toward the crumbling Obamacare edifice yesterday. Ironically, it continues to be the Obama administration that is operating the heavy machinery. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced, in the form of a letter to Democratic senators, that Obamacare’s individual mandate tax will be waived in 2014 for persons who had their policies canceled in 2013 due to Obamacare. At this point, after months of on-the-fly pronouncements, delays, and exemptions (often announced, not coincidentally, in the days just before a major national holiday), perhaps nothing should surprise us anymore about Obamacare’s disastrous rollout. But yesterday’s announcement

Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy
Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece
Daily Beast, by Noah Charney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:08:17 AM     Post Reply
Why did Hitler crave the missing panel in the famous Ghent Altarpiece? Maybe because the Nazi’s paranormal research group thought the masterpiece contained a map to the Holy Grail. On the night of 10 April 1934, one of the twelve oak panels that comprise Jan van Eyck’s famous painting, Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, was stolen from Saint Bavo Cathedral, in Ghent, Belgium. Often referred to as “The Ghent Altarpiece,” this monumental oil painting is arguably the single most influential painting ever made. It is also the most-frequently stolen, having been burgled, in its entirety or in parts, at least six

CIA held Syrian militants
responsible for Lockerbie bombing
Telegraph [UK], by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 5:07:45 AM     Post Reply
The CIA secretly held Syrian militants, rather than Libya, responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, according to newly unearthed testimony from a former US spy in the Middle East. Dr Richard Fuisz said in a sworn deposition in 2001 that he was told by up to 15 senior Syrian officials that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) had carried out the attack. He also testified that CIA bosses told him the PFLP-GC was responsible, according to a lawyer´s note of a second deposition. Ahmed Jibril, the group´s founder leader, who is still alive at 75, was singled

Ronald Reagan shooter granted
more time outside hospital
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/21/2013 5:01:18 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will get to spend more time outside a mental hospital where he has been confined for most of the past three decades, a judge ruled Friday. John Hinckley will be allowed to visit his mother´s home in Williamsburg, Va., for up to 17 days at a time. Hinckley has been allowed to spend increasing amounts of time at his mother´s house in recent years, but previous visits were capped at 10 days. Hinckley must make at least eight successful 17-day visits away from the hospital before any requests to increase

  


  

Target offers discounts as investigators
look at overseas hackers
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/21/2013 4:58:43 AM     Post Reply
Target Corp. is offering its 10 percent employee discount to shoppers this weekend following a massive breach of its customers’ credit and debit card information. Meanwhile, investigators believe that overseas hackers were responsible for the cyberattack that compromised up to 40 million payment cards during the first three weeks of the holiday shopping season, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. “Our guests’ trust is our top priority at Target and we are committed to making this right,” Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement on Target’s website Friday. The cyberattack “was a crime against Target, our team members, and most

12 questions the White House
press corps could have asked
Obama about Obamacare
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:52:38 AM     Post Reply
Let’s start with the newsiest based on giant news that broke just hours before the press conference and move on from there. 1. Hey, from where do you derive the legal authority to change large parts of this law passed by Congress? And, if you believe you have the legal justification for it, what’s to stop a future president from simply deciding he won’t enforce large parts of it? 2. How exactly does the hardship exemption work? Do you have a ballpark number for how many Americans might be eligible? Is there an enforcement mechanism? For instance, will the IRS or

‘Real’ Rednecks
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:49:42 AM     Post Reply
So rednecks need to be politically correct now? Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don’t mean “redneck” as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich informing people they “might be a redneck.” (Some clues: if your school fight song was “Dueling Banjos”; if you’ve ever raked leaves in your kitchen; if your boat hasn’t left your driveway for 15 years; if birds are attracted to your beard, etc.) Redneck reality shows have been all the rage: Rocket City Rednecks, My Big

Obama facing Hill rebellion
on Iran sanctions
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:44:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is facing a growing insurrection on Capitol Hill over Iran sanctions legislation, with one source telling Fox News the bill is attracting a "flood" of support and another lawmaker vowing to muscle through the legislation with a veto-proof majority if necessary. The momentum comes a day after 26 senators, half of them Democrats, introduced Iran legislation in defiance of the administration -- the bill threatens new sanctions if Tehran does not hold up its end of a newly struck nuclear deal. The president criticized those lawmakers in a year-end press conference on Friday, claiming they were just trying to "look

  


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Fats Domino Named
Honorary Grand Marshal
Associated Press, by Stacy Plaisaince    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 4:36:20 AM     Post Reply
NEW ORLEANS — The music of rock ´n´ roll Hall of Fame performer Fats Domino will "float" through the streets of New Orleans this Carnival season. Domino has been named honorary grand marshal of the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded Carnival club that traditionally parades the night before Mardi Gras. Although he won´t be riding in the March 3 parade, his eldest son, Antoine Domino III, is expected to ride on a float equipped with a piano and speakers to perform his father´s greatest hits, such as "Blue Monday," ´´The Fat Man," ´´Blueberry Hill" and "Walking to New Orleans." Other family members are

White House Damage Control:
Obamacare Repeal Will ´Cost too Much´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 12:22:57 AM     Post Reply
Over the last several weeks the Obama White House has been executing a media blitz meant to sell Obamacare to the nation—again. As the final maneuver in that plan, the President is releasing several reports on how Obamacare will affect the states. His message: repealing Obamacare will just be too expensive. "These state reports mark the culmination of a multi-week effort by the White House and supporters of reform to bring a renewed refocus on each of these benefits and what the cost of repealing them would mean," a White House official told reporters at The Hill. Obamacare supporters crafted these reports to

Duck Dynasty’ Fallout: GLAAD Reeling
From Biggest Backlash in Years, Says Rep
Yahoo TV, by Jethro Nebedog    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 12:01:20 AM     Post Reply
In the fallout over Wednesday’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson by A&E for anti-gay and racist remarks, GLAAD is experiencing record levels of backlash. “In the five-and-a-half years I’ve worked at GLAAD, I’ve never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments,” the media watchdog organization’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap. He said those reactions range from those who simply believe as Robertson believes to those who feel that GLAAD and A&E’s actions limit the reality star’s free speech. “I don’t think this is about the

Sarah Palin Should Sell Tea
Powerline, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:59:58 PM     Post Reply
If a liberal were stuck on a life raft with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz (as a proxy for the Tea Party), who would she try to shove off first?* Trick question: the answer is neither, because conventional wisdom among the media and the Left (but I repeat . . .) is that Palin and the Tea Party are both damaging to the Republican Party. Well guess what mom? Two new academic studies, using the standard regression modeling techniques that are considered the most “mainstream” methodology of political science today, turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Writing in Political Research Quarterly,

  


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Clinton: Immigration Reform ‘Only
Way to Keep Our Country Growing’
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:57:51 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton says if U.S. lawmakers realized the economic impact of having the country’s population growth coming to a halt, it would energize immigration reform, “because it’s the only way to keep our country growing.” Clinton made the comments while discussing immigration reform earlier this month on the America with Jorge Ramos program. “I think that we´re trying to pass immigration reform. The country needs it. If – I wish that all these members of Congress who oppose immigration reform, and who feel threatened by it, had been with me on my recent trip to Asia,” Clinton said.

Uganda gays may face life in prison
Associated Press, by Rodney Muhumuza    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 12/20/2013 11:55:02 PM     Post Reply
Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts, drawing criticism from rights campaigners who called it "the worst in the world." The legislation sets life imprisonment as the penalty for gay sex involving an HIV-infected person, acts with minors and the disabled, as well as repeated sex offenses among consenting adults, according to the office of a spokeswoman for Uganda´s parliament. The bill also prescribes a seven-year jail term for a person who "conducts a marriage ceremony" for same-sex couples. When the bill was first introduced in 2009, it was widely

Bill O’Reilly: Duck Dynasty’s
Phil Robertson ‘made a mistake’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:48:38 PM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel’s Bill O´Reilly, host of “The O´Reilly Factor,” said Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame actually erred with some of his biblically-based comments about the sinfulness of homosexuality. Mr. O´Reilly, a self-proclaimed Christian, honed in on one specific part of Mr. Robertson’s much-publicized quotes in GQ magazine – the condemnation aspect. “Mr. Robertson, I believe, made a mistake by the condemnation line,” he said, Politico reported. “It’s not about the Bible, or believing or not believing in the Bible. It’s singling out a group, it could be any group, and saying to that group, ‘Hey … you are not worthy

PETA: Ignore Sarah Palin´s
Defense, Cancel Duck Dynasty
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:46:38 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, PETA called for the cancellation of Duck Dynasty, one of the most highly-rated shows ever, a day after A&E suspended patriarch Phil Robertson for comments that were deemed to be "anti-gay." PETA, which has a history of slamming the show´s cast members for hunting, accused the Duck Dynasty cast of "hating people and animals" and called on A&E to ignore former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin´s Facebook post that said Robertson´s suspension was an attack on "all of us" because "free speech is an endangered species." "PETA wants A&E to do more than suspend one of the characters on Duck Dynasty

Obama looking for "sleep
and sun" after challenging year
Reuters, by Steve Holland    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:44:58 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama declined to engage in a bout of political soul-searching on Friday and said that despite a botched health care rollout and stalled legislative initiatives, his year had not been all that bad. He acknowledged setbacks but declined to dwell on them at a year-end news conference in the White House briefing room hours before escaping Washington for two weeks of what he described as "sleep and sun" in Hawaii. Asked if this was "the worst year" of his presidency, he conceded that "we have had ups and we have had downs." Even so, he said, "I think this room has

  



2014 can only be better: Obama promises
´breakthrough´ year as he reveals 1million
have signed up for Obamacare
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/20/2013 11:38:26 PM     Post Reply
On a day when his signature health care program suffered the latest in a series of website outages, President Barack Obama made one last 2013 pitch to a standing-room-only thong of journalists who have engaged lately in more knife-sharpening than hero-worship. He tried to tee up a series of economic achievements, noting the addition of ´another 2 million jobs, adding up to 8 million in just over the past 45 months.´ We head into next year with an economy that is stronger than it was when we started the year,´ he insisted,´ with unemployment ´the lowest in 5 years´ and

´Duck Dynasty´s´ Phil Robertson
Has Made Other Anti-Gay
Comments in the Past
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 12/20/2013 10:46:58 PM     Post Reply
Phil Robertson is in hot water again. A video of the "Duck Dynasty" star (and Duck Commander inventer) making a speech in 2010 has angered his critics. In the video, Robertson called same-sex sexual activities "shameful" and "perversions." He also implied that homosexuality was a result of people who "suppress the truth about God," therefore, causing God´s wrath. "Women with women, men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions," Robertson said. "They´re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred.

Federal officials seek more time
for people to enroll in health care
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/20/2013 10:46:50 PM     Post Reply
President Obama expressed confidence Friday that “a couple million” Americans will have new health coverage as of New Year’s Day. But behind the scenes, federal health officials have been pressing the insurance industry to give people more time to sign up. According to insurance industry executives, federal officials have been asking health plans to provide insurance starting Jan. 1 even for customers who sign up after a looming deadline on Monday. While some plans have agreed, many are rebuffing the request because they cannot logistically accommodate it or out of frustration with a series of late-breaking rule changes

These HealthCare.gov files
could aid hackers. And Darrell
Issa may release them.
Washington Post, by Brian Fung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/20/2013 10:43:49 PM     Post Reply
Significant security vulnerabilities are still being uncovered in the Obama administration´s health-insurance Web site, nearly three months after the launch of HealthCare.gov. Officials discovered two such vulnerabilities, known as "high findings," within the last month, including one this week, Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the House Oversight Committee this week in an interview. Fryer said that both issues were being addressed. The debate over the security of HealthCare.gov has raised questions about whether similar vulnerabilities exist in systems across the federal government. Because the Internal Revenue Service, the Social

Gov. Chris Christie to sign law
giving illegals in-state tuition rates
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 10:11:45 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is poised to sign a bill that will give illegal immigrants the ability to pay the same lower college tuition rates as state residents. That would make New Jersey the 18th state in the nation to give illegal immigrants the lower tuition benefit, Newsmax reported. The bill that’s headed to Mr. Christie has been altered a bit from the version that was debated by state politicos over the past few weeks. The New York Times reported that a provision that was approved by the legislature to make financial aid available to illegal immigrants was removed. That removal

Obama Took More Vacation
on Average Than Private-
Sector Workers 20 Yrs on Job
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 10:02:29 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama, who is departing Friday for a vacation in Hawaii that will reportedly last until Jan. 5, took more annual vacation days on average in his first term than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job. Obama took an average of 21.5 vacations days per year in his first four years as president. By comparison, private-industry workers in the United States who have at least 20 years on the job get an average of 19 days of paid vacation per year.

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