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The Black Chamber
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/26/2013 9:43:24 PM     Post Reply
The Marine Corps Times reports that Edward Snowden has declared his mission “already accomplished” in a public interview. “Snowden told The Washington Post in an interview published online Monday night that he was satisfied because journalists have been able to tell the story of the government’s collection of bulk Internet and phone records, an activity that has grown dramatically in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.” But Snowden is prematurely congratulating himself. He didn’t finish the NSA. However, Cass Sunstein undoubtedly will. In August 2013, President Obama appointed Sunstein to serve on the NSA oversight panel.

The 5 Best Drug Scares of 2013
Reason, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 12/26/2013 9:36:46 PM     Post Reply
Drug policy and rationality go together like hot fudge and anchovies. From marijuana to Salvia divinorum, from cocaine to "bath salts," from absinthe to Four Loko, panic precipitates and perpetuates prohibition. The process can be observed every day as activists, politicians, and yellow journalists conspire to keep the American public alarmed about the psychoactive substances other people are consuming. Sometimes their best efforts are inadequate, as illustrated by the marijuana stores that will start opening in Colorado next Wednesday. More often, horror stories about what happens when people are allowed to exercise dominion over their own minds and bodies

California Schools Prepare
for Transgender Rights Law
Asociated Press, by Lisa Leff & Julie Watson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/26/2013 8:53:07 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes. But administrators, counselors, teachers and school board members also are watching and waiting. The law, the nation´s first requiring public schools to let children use sex-segregated facilities and participate in the gender-specific activities of their choice, could end up suspended within days of its Jan. 1 launch if a referendum to repeal it



The top ten Obama constitutional
violations of 2013
Hot Air, by Allah Pundit    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 8:41:44 PM     Post Reply
It’s not my list, it’s Ilya Shapiro’s, but it’s a better use of your time than 95 percent of year-end media crapola. I’ve been so focused lately on the White House changing ObamaCare’s rules via royal proclamation that I’d forgotten this one: 8. Recess appointments. Last year, President Obama appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during what he considered to be a Senate recess. But the Senate was still holding “pro forma” sessions every three days—a technique developed by Sen. Harry Reid to thwart Bush recess

Electricity Prices Soar As
Government Regulation Surges
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/26/2013 8:21:11 PM     Post Reply
The Cost Of Green: In the midst of an unparalleled energy boom, U.S. electricity prices have skyrocketed to new highs. This paradox is a result not of the free market, but of runaway government "green" regulation. Unnoticed by virtually everyone except the sharp-eyed folks at CNSNews.com, new federal data show that electricity prices have never been higher. In November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics´ Electricity Price Index hit 202.284, an all-time record and nearly 20% higher than just six years ago. This might strike some as strange, given the private-sector shale-fracking boom going on in the Midwest, Northeast and Texas, which has led

EPA Pushes Gun Control
Through Green Ammo Mandate
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/26/2013 8:17:12 PM     Post Reply
Gun Control: Thanks to government regulations, the closing of the last U.S. lead smelter and a push for "green" lead-free ammunition, ammo prices will skyrocket. Does the Second Amendment threaten the environment? Having been stymied by court defeats such as the Supreme Court´s deciding that the Second Amendment does indeed confer a right to keep and bear arms on individuals throughout the United States, advocates of a gun-free America and a disarmed citizenry are taking a different approach: Go after the ammunition through regulations that stifle domestic production and force the use of more expensive and eco-friendly substitutes. Expanded regulations issued by

The Dream Act By Executive Order
Draws In New Wave Of Illegal Immigrants
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/26/2013 8:14:08 PM     Post Reply
Immigration: The Border Patrol and other agencies report a "surge" of unaccompanied minors coming across our border. It coincides with the White House´s de facto amnesty via the Dream Act to reward such lawbreaking. The Office of Refugee Resettlement noted a "surge" in unaccompanied alien children in its year-end report last week, pointing out that 24,668 foreign minors in the country illegally were placed in the care of a federal de facto baby-sitting service because no parents were around to care for them. Last year´s number was a near doubling from 2012, and nearly quadruple what it was at the start of



Obama issues signing statement
objecting to restrictions on
Gitmo transfer
Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 7:57:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama signed the massive defense policy bill into law Thursday but said he is reserving the right to ignore part of the legislation that prevents him from transferring detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the U.S. It’s a standard objection Mr. Obama has raised every year as Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act, with the president claiming the power to conduct military affairs and to determine where to try cases, and arguing that preventing detainees from being transferred into the U.S. conflicts with his powers. “For decades, Republican and Democratic administrations have successfully prosecuted hundreds of terrorists in

Where the 1.3 million people
losing unemployment aid this week live
Washington Post, by Niraj Chokshi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 6:36:13 PM     Post Reply
A projected 1.3 million people will lose emergency unemployment benefits when they expire Saturday. Congress offered the extended benefits as unemployment ballooned during the Great Recession and has put off their expiration several times since. But when the two parties struck a budget deal this month, another postponement was notably missing. When the aid expires Saturday, the unemployed will only be able to collect a maximum 26 weeks of benefits in most parts of the U.S., down from roughly twice as much in many states. The recession may technically be over, but for many the recovery has yet to begin. The plight

Cozy: New York Times Picked
Its Own Reporter´s Bush-Cheney
Book As a Top Ten Book of 2013
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 6:27:52 PM     Post Reply
A month back, I noticed the usual back-scratching that goes on when The Washington Post makes a list of the year’s best books, and two of the top five nonfiction books of the year were former Posties. When the New York Times list came out in mid-December, a similar thing happened: one of their Ten Best Books came from Times reporter Peter Baker, "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in The White House." Baker succeeds in telling the story of the several crises of the Bush administration with fairness and balance, which is to say that he is sympathetic to

Michelle Obama to Throw Exercise-
Themed Birthday Dance Party
Because of Course
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 6:23:56 PM     Post Reply
Were you aware that Michelle Obama has dedicated her entire tenure as the United State’s First Lady to the cause of fighting childhood obesity? Were you aware that obesity can be prevented with exercise? And that dancing is a great form of exercise? And that Michelle Obama can dance? And that dancing can stop obesity? And that Michelle Obama wants to fight obesity by dancing everywhere and with all the celebrities? No? No, you did not know these things? Then boy, is the Chicago Tribune thrilled to inform you of Michelle Obama’s upcoming 50th birthday celebration, which has the sexy



Democrats will pay political
price for Obamacare in 2014
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 5:32:46 PM     Post Reply
As Democrats survey a troubled 2014 political landscape, it´s easy to forget how optimistic they seemed less than a year ago. "I would expect that Nancy Pelosi is going to be speaker again pretty soon," President Obama told cheering House Democrats at a party retreat last February. In the rosy scenario that took hold in some Democratic circles, the party was positioned to recapture the House in 2014 and maintain control of the Senate, allowing Obama to defy the history of second-term presidential decline. Great successes and good years lay ahead. Had Democrats forgotten Obamacare, the law they passed in 2010 that was

Coming up next:
ObamaCare taxes and fees
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 5:21:41 PM     Post Reply
This reminder from the New York Post came on Christmas, when few paid attention, but it’s worth noting today. The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare is only the appetizer for Americans, the 2013 lead-in to higher costs and fees built into the so-called Affordable Care Act. What most people haven’t heard — yet — is the new fees that ObamaCare charges for access to those higher premiums: The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills. Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes

Bocelli sings for Miami Beach congregation
WSVN (Miami FL), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 5:02:28 PM     Post Reply
(Video) MIAMI BEACH, Fla.- A South Florida congregation got an unexpected Christmas treat Wednesday when singer Andrea Bocelli performed for them during mass. Parishioners at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach were stunned to see the internationally renowned tenor arriving at the house of worship at 3 p.m. "We had tickets to go to his concert on St. Valentine´s Day, so this is like a special treat," said churchgoer Margarita Courtney. "For Christmas, I want absolutely to have a mass, and for this occasion, if they ask me to sing, I sing. I´m happy about it," said Bocelli. This

Obama signs 2-year budget deal
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 4:55:38 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Thursday signed the two-year budget bill approved by Congress before the holiday break, formally ending the threat of a partial government shutdown next month. There was little doubt that the president would ink the budget deal. Obama, pausing from his vacation in Hawaii, also signed a defense spending bill Thursday. The budget bill would undo some of the sequester spending cuts. Unclear is how lawmakers will address another looming deadline, early next year, to raise the debt ceiling. The deal signed by Obama reduces across-the-board cuts already scheduled to take effect, restoring about $63 billion over two years.



Obama should lead the U.S.
to energy independence
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:55:20 PM     Post Reply
For decades after the Middle East oil embargoes of the 1970s, Americans yearned to be independent of foreign energy sources. With nuclear power off the table after the accident at Three Mile Island and drilling off-shore and in Alaska limited by environmental opposition, energy independence seemed more a pipe dream than a realistic goal. But the memory of being at the mercy of unfriendly governments stoked American ingenuity, and what was once thought impossible is now within reach. Thanks to expanded domestic oil and natural exploration, the United States became a net energy exporter in 2011, according to the Energy

The state should be exposing the
cyber-snoops, not joining them
Telegraph [UK], by Fraser Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 4:48:35 PM     Post Reply
For a fugitive, Edward Snowden is attracting rather a lot of well-placed sympathisers. [Snip] The surveillance programmes run by governments now go far beyond anything George Orwell imagined, he added--which is a problem, because privacy matters. Quite right, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web: this is why we need whistleblowers such as Snowden. What’s more, Richard Leon, a US federal judge, also thinks Snowden is right--America’s spying is almost Orwellian, and probably illegal. Snowden’s decision to expose his country’s secrets, then seek asylum from the notoriously repressive Kremlin, makes him a rather flawed champion of liberty.

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Tweets
‘Freedom of Speech’ Defense
of Duck Dynasty
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/26/2013 4:46:16 PM     Post Reply
Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?” In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.” Duck Dynasty, with about 12 million viewers per episode, is a reality-TV show on the A&E

2016 CNN Poll: Clinton deadlocked
with Christie but leads other GOP
presidential possibilities
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:43:31 PM     Post Reply
Washington - In a potential preview of the next presidential election, a new national poll suggests Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today. But a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates Clinton leading eight other possible Republican White House hopefuls in hypothetical general election matchups. According to the poll, 48% of registered voters say they would support support Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, if he were the GOP nominee, with 46% saying they would back Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady, if

Obama Job Approval Falls
Below 40, Worse Than Bush
At Same Point in Presidency
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:36:22 PM     Post Reply
Fewer than 40 percent of the American people now approve of the job President Obama is doing as president, according to the latest Gallup daily tracking poll. Meanwhile, the percentage of American´s who disapprove of Obama´s job as president has risen to 54 percent. Obama´s new 39 percent approval rating may be the lowest of his second-term, but it is not the lowest of his presidency. During the 2011 debt limit fight, Obama´s approval rating slipped to 38 percent and his disapproval rose to 55 percent. Since then, hundreds of millions of dollars in television and social advertising helped raise Obama´s approval


Sen. Richard Blumenthal: UPS
owes customers refunds for
late Christmas packages
Washington Examiner, by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:32:16 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on United Parcel Service to refund customers who sent packages and gifts that failed to reach their destinations before Christmas. A rash of bad weather and a rush of last-minute online orders caught postal and package delivery services off guard, meaning that thousands of packages that were supposed to be delivered before Christmas didn´t arrive on time. "I am disappointed to learn that so many consumers in Connecticut and across the country made purchases this holiday season expecting their gifts to arrive in time for Christmas, but instead were left empty-handed," the Connecticut Democrat said. "The men and

Intruder Killed by Woman He
Planned to Abduct, Rape,
and Record
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/26/2013 4:28:01 PM     Post Reply
More than seven months after a young mother fought off and killed a home intruder in Washington state, the King County Sheriff´s Office released documents indicating the dead attacker "may have intended to commit an abduction and sexual assault." Moreover, it appears he was planning to videotape the whole thing. According to The Seattle Times, when 48-year old Ken Boonstra broke into a 26-year old woman´s North Bend home on May 13, he "had a camera and a flexible tripod in one pocket." He also had "a roll of duck tape and a flashlight."

Manchin: Obamacare ‘Absolutely’
Will Crash on Its Own If Costs
Become Too High
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:26:26 PM     Post Reply
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that Obamacare “absolutely” is at risk of undergoing a “meltdown” and crashing to the ground. “I’ve only asked for one thing. I said listen, I’m not worried about the glitches, computer glitches. We’ll fix that sooner or later. I’m worried about having the product that the market will buy. And we’re not letting people shop. So with that being said, myself and Mark Kirk introduced a bill. The only bipartisan bill that says why don’t we wait basically before we put any crimes or fines until January 1, 2015,” Manchin said on CNN. “This

White House to celebrate
first lady´s 50th birthday
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:10:42 PM     Post Reply
A big milestone is coming up: The 50th birthday of first lady Michelle Obama. The White House is reportedly planning a birthday party that involves some eating and some dancing. Though Obama hits the 5-0 on Jan. 17, the event is being set for the next day. The Chicago Tribune reported: "The White House has been sending out save-the-date emails for a Jan. 18 gala dubbed ´Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert,´ sources told the Tribune. "Guests are being told: Wear comfortable shoes, eat before you come and practice your dance moves. "Who´s invited and who´ll entertain remain under wraps."

Dem Rep Wants Public ‘Rage’ over
Unemployment Benefits Similar to
Prospect of Syria Intervention
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:06:51 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) scolded her colleagues in Congress for failing to extend unemployment benefits for long-term jobless before they expire at the end of the year. Moore said that she hoped to see “rage” from Americans over the lapse of unemployment benefits in the same way Americans revolted over the prospect of intervening in the Syrian civil war. Asked about the end of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, Moore said that there was a perception issue among many that long-term unemployed are “lazy.” She said that even those with advanced degrees are suffering as

Greenwald Snarks at MSNBC:
I Defend Snowden Like You
Defend Obama ’24 Hours a Day’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:01:23 PM     Post Reply
Journalist Glenn Greenwald appeared on MSNBC Thursday, one day after Edward Snowden delivered a Christmas address to television viewers in the UK and around the world from Russia. Things got heated when MSNBC anchor Kristen Welker cited critics who’ve accused Greenwald of “crossing a line” in his defense of Snowden. “What do you say to your critics who say you’ve become more of a spokesman for Edward Snowden?” she asked. “I think that’s ludicrous is what I say to that,” Greenwald shot back. “Every journalist has an agenda. We’re on MSNBC now, where close to 24 hours a day the agenda of President Obama

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