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Don´t Tread on My Light Bulbs
National Review, by Robert Bryce    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/21/2013 6:42:52 AM     Post Reply
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 — one of the most pork-filled bits of federal energy legislation ever passed by Congress — continues to haunt us. That legislation, signed into law by George W. Bush, forced more ethanol into our motor-fuel supply. And come New Year’s Day, it will effectively eliminate a type of light bulb — the standard 40- and 60-watt incandescent — that consumers have been using since the days of Thomas Edison. (The January 1 ban on 40- and 60-watt bulbs follows the phase-out of the 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs that took effect at the

John Adams Begat the Selfie
American Thinker, by Marc Rudov    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/21/2013 6:37:07 AM     Post Reply
In his iconic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey explained that, according to his research, the first 50 years of success literature in America was predicated on the character ethic: integrity, humility, fidelity, modesty, etc. After World War I, he noticed, the basis of success had shifted to the personality ethic: public image, attitudes and behaviors, and skills and techniques that "lubricate the processes of human interaction." America was on the road to superficiality. Why did this character-personality shift occur? Perhaps because of something John Adams, our first vice president and second president, said: "I must

Massachusetts doctor sends her
teenage son to LONDON for meningitis
B vaccine after outbreak at his college
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 6:35:21 AM     Post Reply
A doctor is sending her teenage son to London for a bacterial meningitis vaccine due to her fears about an outbreak at his college. Dr Cristina Lete, who works in Newton, Massachusetts, is spending $4,000 to fly her 18-year-old son Jacob to Britain where he can receive a shot that protects against the B strain of the infection and is not on the market in the U.S. Dr Lete, 46, told NBC that she was deeply concerned about her son returning to the University of California in Santa Barbara after the holidays without the shot, where four students were diagnosed

  


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You can sleep on the plane Mr President!
Tired-eyed Obama makes it through
grueling end-of-year presser to board
Air Force One for 17-day Hawaii vacation
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack, Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 6:26:37 AM     Post Reply
A visibly exhausted President Obama was pictured boarding Marine One with his daughters Malia and Sasha Friday night as the first family left Washington, DC for Hawaii. Every year the Obama family spends Christmas in the president´s home state, where he recharges with shaved ice, football on the beach and a few holes of golf. Like many of us, Mr Obama already seemed in a vacation state-of-mind when he gave his last press conference of the year earlier in the day. ´You know, the end of the year is always a good time to reflect and see what can you

The Minimum Wage Issue...Again
American Thinker, by W.A. Beatty    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/21/2013 6:23:43 AM     Post Reply
In his "State of the Union" show on February 12, 2013, Barack Hussein Obama said: Even with the tax relief we´ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That´s wrong. For once I agree with our Dear Leader -- kinda. Yes, it´s wrong, but it´s wrong because Obama is wrong. For two reasons. First, very few families with two kids earn the minimum wage. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we get these observations: Minimum wage workers tend to be young. Although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of

Mr. Obama’s Disappointing Response
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 6:09:16 AM     Post Reply
By the time President Obama gave his news conference on Friday, there was really only one course to take on surveillance policy from an ethical, moral, constitutional and even political point of view. And that was to embrace the recommendations of his handpicked panel on government spying — and bills pending in Congress — to end the obvious excesses. He could have started by suspending the constitutionally questionable (and evidently pointless) collection of data on every phone call and email that Americans make.He did not do any of that. Sure, Mr. Obama thanked his panel for making 46 recommendations to restore

Duck Dynasty Major Part
of A&E´s Business Plan
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/21/2013 6:08:31 AM     Post Reply
Duck Dynasty is the most popular reality show on cable TV and it is a major part of A&E´s business plan. According to Nielsen, the Season 4 premiere was the most-watched nonfiction telecast ever on cable TV. More significantly, by suspending patriarch Phil Robertson for his comments made to GQ magazine that he believes homosexuality is a sin, Duck Dynasty has become a major battleground in the American culture war of progressives led by GLAAD and traditionalists led by… well Phil Robertson.

  


  

War Begins: Slandering
Conservatives has Started
Canada Free Press, by Jonathan Moseley    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/21/2013 6:00:18 AM     Post Reply
The attacks have begun. The Republican establishment in the U.S.A. has now actually started the shooting war in the 2014 primary elections they have been threatening against conservative candidates for Congress. “Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio. His new political group, Defending Main Street, plans to raise $8 million to defeat tea-party candidates and elect moderate Republicans instead. “We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.” LaTourette was a close ally of moderate Republican Speaker John Boehner in

The Cheerleader Effect:
What Men Do to Impress
Wall Street Journal, by Robert M. Sapolsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:54:29 AM     Post Reply
The holiday season brings with it the usual assortment of college bowl games, from the classic Rose, Orange and Sugar, all the way to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the Beef ´O´ Brady´s Bowl and, my favorite, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Each contest involves the migration across the country of hordes of players, coaches, alumni boosters, band members, mascots—and, of course, cheerleaders. Remarkably, recent science suggests that if this final group weren´t included, it would probably alter the quality of play. All because males can be kind of pathetic. When women are present or when men are prompted to think about

Target data heist ´originated overseas´
and stolen credit card information
is now being sold in online black
markets for as little as $20 a batch
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 5:50:28 AM     Post Reply
Data stolen from Target has now begun flooding underground markets that sell stolen credit cards. Investigators now believe that overseas hackers were responsible for the cyber attack on Target that compromised up to 40 million payment cards during the first three weeks of the holiday shopping season. [Snip] Brian Krebs, reporting for KrebsOnSecurity.com reported on Friday that cards stolen from Target were being offered at the black market ´card shops´ for rates starting at $20 each and going to more than $100. A person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to talk publicly about the matter, said that

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ leak investigators
now target of leak probe
McClatchy Newspapers, by Marisa Taylor & Jonathan S. Landay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:47:43 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — More than two years after sensitive information about the Osama bin Laden raid was disclosed to Hollywood filmmakers, Pentagon and CIA investigations haven’t publicly held anyone accountable despite internal findings that the leakers were former CIA Director Leon Panetta and the Defense Department’s top intelligence official. Instead, the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office is working to root out who might have disclosed the findings on Panetta and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers to a nonprofit watchdog group and to McClatchy. While the information wasn’t classified, the inspector general’s office has pursued the new inquiry aggressively, grilling its own investigators,

  


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The ‘Sister Wives’ lawsuit
and the end of morality laws
Washington Post, by Jonathan Turley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:42:12 AM     Post Reply
The decision this month by a federal court striking down the criminalization of polygamy in Utah was met with a mix of rejoicing and rage. What was an emancipating decision for thousands of plural families was denounced as the final descent into a moral abyss by others. Former senator Rick Santorum was among the social conservatives trying to claim the moral high ground. He tweeted on Sunday: “Some times I hate it when what I predict comes true” — referring to his 2003 claim that legalizing “consensual sex within your home” would lead to the legalization of polygamy and “undermine

In Wisconsin, Big Chief Walker
signs new Indian mascot bill
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:38:16 AM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an Indian mascot bill on Thursday that will make it harder for politically correct meddlers to force public schools around the state to change their mascots, logos and team names. Before he signed the bill, Walker informed state tribal leaders in a letter. “I share many of your concerns about some of the mascots and nicknames used in Wisconsin and across America,” the governor wrote, according to The Capital Times. “If it were up to me personally, I would seek viable alternatives that were not offensive to Native Americans.” In the same letter, Walker also pointed out that

No greater act of loyalty
to the Constitution
Washington Times, by Michael P. Orsi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:34:42 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon declared that the bulk of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records is likely to violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. Some legal experts contend that this may be the first step in a march to the Supreme Court. It may also be the beginning of the rehabilitation of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who disclosed almost 200,000 classified documents to the press. Mr. Snowden has obtained limited asylum in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States for espionage. In a recent statement, Mr.

Stopped in 80 Seconds: Armed Response,
Not Gun Control, Halted School Rampage
- Thread Closed
NRA-ILA, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: rahmitthru- 12/21/2013 5:32:23 AM     Post Reply
Back in March, we reported on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signing into law the most sweeping anti-gun legislation in the history of the Centennial State, despite overwhelming opposition to the legislation. The new law bans magazines with a capacity of greater than 15 rounds, imposes a "gun tax" for a background check when purchasing a firearm, and criminalizes the private transfer of a firearm, among other things. The anti-gunners claimed these measures would keep guns out of the hands of bad guys. Last week´s tragic shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, left one student in critical condition.

  


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Not a Very Mele Kalikimaka
Press Conference
National Review Online, by Charlotte Hays    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 5:29:47 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama kicked off his bleak midwinter press conference Friday afternoon by referring to his upcoming Hawaiian vacation, it was plain for all to see that this is a man who can’t get out of town a minute too soon. ”I know you are all eager to skip town and spend some time with your families,” he said. “Not surprisingly, I am too.” Not surprising at all. The press was, in the words of the National Journal, “feisty.” When the New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes was called upon, she saluted the president with a Hawaiian words ”Mele Kalikimaka.”

Obama announces ´hardship exemption´
for nearly 500,000 Americans who lost
health insurance under Obamacare
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 5:28:36 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is set to brief the media and make one final pre-vacation push for his signature health insurance overhaul, just hours after his Department of Health and Human Services took a giant step toward obliterating the ´individual mandate´ that is holding Obamacare together. [Snip] News reports have projected the number of canceled policies as closer to 15 million, but Obama administration officials insisted that number was greatly exaggerated. Insurers automatically renewed most of those plans or otherwise found them ´grandfathered,´ they said, while not directly acknowledging that those renewals came at a much higher cost. The nearly half-million

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

  



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

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