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Obama moves to impose his vision
of how we should live, Part One
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:31:39 AM     Post Reply
As the end of the year approaches, we are waiting for the Obama administration to complete the process by which its rule on “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH) becomes embedded in the Code of Federal Regulations. In July, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued its proposed AFFH rule for public comment. The rule was expected to be finalized this month. The AFFH rule is part of Obama’s attempt to dictate how we shall live. I’ve written about this phenomenon under the label of “regionalism” here (relying on Stanley Kurtz’s book Spreading The Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs

This Factual Evidence of Voter
Fraud in Ohio Should Change
Democrats´ Minds About Voter ID
Independent Journal Review, by Bubba Atkinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:29:19 AM     Post Reply
There’s a popular saying that floats around the internet on marriage or relationship-type websites, and it starts with an interviewer asking a couple that had been married for 65-years how they had managed to stay together. They responded by saying… We are from a time where if something is broken we fix it, not throw it away. Apply this to life and not just relationships, and you have a fantastic lesson: You should always try to improve things if you can. Traditional American values like this have inspired people to strive for excellence time and time again by never settling for an

Obama Admin to IDF Generals:
Stop Being So Concerned
About Israel’s Security
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:24:42 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is pressuring Israeli generals to stop publicly voicing their concerns about the administration’s security proposals in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and instead endorse the administration’s plans, according to Israeli media reports. The administration is seeking a complete or partial IDF withdrawal from the Jordan Valley, where the border between Israel and Jordan lies at the eastern edge of Judea and Samaria, also called the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority has long sought control of the valley. However, Israel and Jordan are opposed to an IDF withdrawal, which they fear would enable the transit of terrorists and arms through Jordan into

  


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Rove predicts GOP unity
and Senate win in 2014
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:21:58 AM     Post Reply
Karl Rove, the voice of the Republican donor class, is predicting that tea party-backed primary candidates will lose nearly all their primary fights against business-backed GOP politicians during 2014. “Every Republican senator and virtually every representative challenged in a primary as insufficiently conservative will win,” Rove wrote in a Dec. 26 blog post, an excerpt of which appeared in The Wall Street Journal. The op-ed listed his predictions about American politics in 2014. Rove’s business vs. tea party prediction is somewhat self-serving — he’s positioned himself as a leader of the GOP-affiliated donors and businesses who are facing criticism from the tea

Hospice firms draining
billions from Medicare
Washington Post, by Peter Whoriskey & Dan Keating    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:17:49 AM     Post Reply
Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less. But over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer. The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50 percent

You may not be better
off after knee surgery
CNN, by Caleb Hellerman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/27/2013 5:14:38 AM     Post Reply
Patients who underwent simulated knee surgery fared just as well as those who got the real deal, according to a new study that´s raising eyebrows about the most common orthopedic procedure performed in the United States. The findings, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, add to a string of papers suggesting that arthroscopic partial meniscectomy fails to help many patients. The operation typically is performed to relieve knee pain, whether from wear or from an injury. But other doctors say it´s still too soon to draw sweeping conclusions. The study, which was conducted in Finland, followed 146 patients between the

Diplomatic Welfare
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/27/2013 5:11:08 AM     Post Reply
Ambassadors get many perks. Diplomatic immunity is a convenient way to avoid traffic tickets. They often live in grand houses and pay neither rent nor American taxes. Some embassies throw great parties, and motorcades can cut through rush-hour traffic. Certain diplomats get another gift from American taxpayers: They’re on welfare right here. Earlier this month, the U.S. attorney in New York charged 49 Russian diplomats with applying for — and receiving — $1.5 million in Medicaid benefits. Since 2004, 63 babies have been born to employees of the Russian Consulate in Manhattan. State and federal welfare programs picked up the medical

  


  

Comedy as a Weapon of the Left
American Thinker, by Susan D. Harris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 5:09:37 AM     Post Reply
How is it that leftist mockery of conservatives became a staple of popular culture? One of the major sources of the attitude that now pervades the dominant media of our time is a man named Herbert Lawrence Block, aka Herb Block, aka Herblock. As a political cartoonist, Herb Block used comedy and mockery with cunning skill. Throughout his seventy-two year career, he helped influence the political landscape through thirteen presidential administrations. Born (not surprisingly) in Chicago, with a father and brother also involved in the newspaper business, Block projected his own brand of ideology for decades. Sometimes he stood on

You Missed Your Chance to
Get Super Cheap Delta Tickets
Atlantic Wire, by Abby Ohlheiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:08:27 AM     Post Reply
From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Delta kind of accidentally sold a bunch of tickets on the cheap. The airline will honor tickets from anyone lucky enough to snag the fares — for example, $48.41 for a round trip between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City. The fares popped up both on Delta´s site and on outside booking agencies. A spokesperson for the company told CNN that the "situation has been resolved and the correct prices are being displayed," although several users and media outlets reported that the site was still glitchy, rendering some fares unavailable, into Thursday afternoon. The company

Women comprise biggest
opposition to ObamaCare
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:05:01 AM     Post Reply
Remember Julia? That cute little cartoon the Obama folks created to illustrate how the president’s policies would provide “health and economic security” for women at all of life’s stages? The real-life Julias aren’t buying. A CNN/ORC International poll out this week finds 60 percent of women opposing ObamaCare. This follows a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll that found half of American women holding an unfavorable view of the law — against only 32 percent in support. In fact, almost all of the increase in the overall unpopularity of ObamaCare can be attributed to the growing number of women rebelling against it. No doubt this

From Saturn´s hexagonal storm
to the penguin-shaped nebula: MailOnline
showcases the most stunning space
images of 2013
Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 5:01:43 AM     Post Reply
From Mars’ ‘Grand Canyon’ to a penguin-shaped nebula, this year’s breath-taking space photography has taken us on an incredible journey through the mysterious depths of our galaxy. But it wasn’t just cutting-edge space telescopes that provided stunning images - amateur photographers and astronauts have also helped reveal previously unseen views of our universe. Leading the way was former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Chris Hadfield who, throughout the year, shared intimate details of his life in space with his army of Twitter followers. One of his most impressive photos was an shot of San Francisco´s Golden Gate Bridge

  


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Lack aid? Many counties
have only pricey plans
USA Today, by Jayne O´Donnell & Paul Overberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 5:01:20 AM     Post Reply
More than half of the counties in 34 states using the federal health insurance exchange lack even a bronze plan that´s affordable — by the government´s own definition — for 40-year-old couples who make just a little too much for financial assistance, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Many of these counties are in rural, less populous areas that already had limited choice and pricey plans, but many others are heavily populated, such as Bergen County, N.J., and Philadelphia and Milwaukee counties. More than a third don´t offer an affordable plan in the four tiers of coverage known as bronze, silver, gold or

Enemy of the Year 2013
American Spectator, by Enemy Central    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 4:57:01 AM     Post Reply
We all know who he is, he knows damn well we know, at some level he actually agrees. Self-pity is the only thing he still has going for him. He’s managed to deprive the U.S. even of this last bit of suspense. His one expressed hope is that we will honor precedent and defer our call until after the 2014 elections, as if that would change anything. As he sees it, if he repeats as Enemy of the Year a year from now, it at least won’t be recorded as a twofer. Always a doggedly slow learner, he’s begun to

After a Month of Trying, I Still
Can´t Sign Up for Obamacare
Weekly Standard, by Ike Brannon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 4:53:40 AM     Post Reply
After a month of trying, I still can´t complete an application to join the D.C. Health Exchange. For a week, the Obamacare marketplace asked me to prove my citizenship, my daughter´s existence, and my fixed address in the District of Columbia, but it would not allow me to submit the requested material. That changed, slightly, yesterday when it started allowing me to submit those things, which I did, but it must now validate them via a person. Perhaps this is why Barack Obama’s staff had to physically visit the D.C. exchange in order to sign up the president for Obamacare. It

Anthony Weiner Hints of
Another Comeback Attempt
New York Observer, by Jill Colvin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 4:47:58 AM     Post Reply
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner posted a thank you message to supporters on Facebook this afternoon that leaves the door open–ever so slightly–to another comeback run. “What’s next? I’ll keep you posted on my plans. But I hope we keep the band together,” he wrote in the message to supporters posted on his Facebook page. “(Who knows, maybe I have a third book of ideas in me!)” he added. Mr. Weiner, who lost his race for mayor this summer following revelations that he’d continued sexting with women long after he resigned from Congress, has kept largely out of the spotlight since his loss. In the

  


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Professor admits faking AIDS
vaccine to get $19M in grants
New York Post, by Andy Soltis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 4:44:00 AM     Post Reply
An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus. Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood to make it appear that the rabbit serum produced disease-fighting antibodies, officials said. The bogus findings helped Han’s team obtain $19 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, said James Bradac, who oversees the institutes’ AIDS research. The remarkable findings were reported in scientific journals but raised suspicions when other researchers could not duplicate Han’s results. The NIH uncovered the scam when it checked the rabbit

Data Brokers Gathering Dossiers on Millions
of Americans by Income, Disease, and More
PJ Media, by Rodrigo Sermeño    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/27/2013 4:41:19 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – A Senate panel released a report and held a hearing before the holiday break on the multibillion-dollar and largely unregulated data broker industry, which showed that these firms have several avenues to collect sensitive data on consumers. To better understand how firms in the industry operate, the Senate Commerce Committee reached out last year to nine companies that sell consumer data for marketing purposes. Based on this information, the committee staff was able to draw some conclusions in a 36-page report. Data brokers collect a huge volume of detailed data about consumers, from what illnesses they may have, to what

What if the Germans had
won the first world war?
Guardian [UK], by Martin Kettle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 4:37:13 AM     Post Reply
People who see a divine hand or the iron laws of dialectical materialism at work in human affairs bridle at the question: "What if things had turned out differently?" To EH Carr, historian of Soviet Russia, to speak of what might have happened in history, as opposed to what did happen, was just a "parlour game". To EP Thompson, author of The Making of the English Working Class, such counterfactual speculation was "unhistorical sh*t". Other historians have confessed to being more intrigued. "The historian must constantly put himself at a point in the past at which the known factors will seem

Utility Linemen Brave
Cold, Ice to Restore Power
Associated Press, by Corey Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 4:22:36 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- When an ice storm glazed over Michigan last weekend, Tony Carone feared he wouldn´t be spending Christmas at home with his family. "Nobody had to call. I heard it on the top of my roof," Carone said. The 52-year-old lineman for Detroit-based DTE Energy is one of the thousands of electrical workers who have put in double shifts trying to restore power to more than a half-million homes and businesses. Outages stretched from the Great Plains to Maine and into eastern Canada. "My power went out the same time as everybody else´s," Carone said of the power to his Lapeer home,

Obama Channeling Pope Francis
To Sell Wealth Redistribution
Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 12/27/2013 1:54:30 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is using Pope Francis to foster wealth redistribution ideas in his speeches on the importance of reducing the gap between rich and poor. Now that the President’s message of “Hope and Change” has drastically soured over his last few years in office, Obama is hoping the popular pontiff’s vitality will rub off on him. Michael Peppard, a professor of politics and the papacy at Fordham University, posits, "I think Obama probably wants to tap into some of the energy, and tap into some of it for his own message." Obama quoted Francis in a recent speech on fiscal

  



Ted Cruz: Indefinite Detention
Retained in NDAA 2014
New American, by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/27/2013 1:06:43 AM     Post Reply
Eighty-five of 100 U.S. senators voted to renew the president’s power to indefinitely detain Americans, denying them of their fundamental right to due process. (snip) No sooner had 85 of his colleagues united to permit the president to apprehend and imprison American citizens that he alone suspects of aiding and abetting terrorists or those associated with terrorists, than consistent constitutionalist Ted Cruz (shown above) issued a statement explaining why he wasn’t one of that considerable number: Today I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama’s ability to indefinitely

Asylum for Ugandan homosexuals
requested to Foreign Affairs Office
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/27/2013 1:04:24 AM     Post Reply
A group of NGOs and the Venezuelan community of Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, Bisexual and Intersexual persons (LGTBI) requested on Thursday to the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Office to grant asylum to Ugandans with different sexual orientation in light of their imminent imprisonment within the framework of a new law. The request, handed over to a team closed to the foreign minister (of Venezuela), was signed by several organizations supporting the community. Some of these organizations include Comando Hugo Chávez para la Sexodiversidad (Hugo Chávez Command for Sexual Diversity) and Venezuela Igualitaria (Egalitarian Venezuela).

Blackouts continue in Argentina
while government keeps
threatening power distributors
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/27/2013 1:01:59 AM     Post Reply
Blackouts continued in several neighborhoods of Argentina´s metropolitan Buenos Aires area while protests increased including pickets in highways, attempts to set on fire power distributors offices or kidnap power companies´ officers while the only resource from government has been to blame companies and threaten to take over utilities. In Buenos Aires there was some brief relief with late Thursday evening showers after a full day of 38 degrees Celsisus. In the north of Argentina in the province of Santiago del Estero where there was a record 47 degrees two people died and in downtown Buenos Aires some hospitals have warned

Over 10m Argentines live in
poverty conditions, says
Catholic University
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/27/2013 12:59:24 AM     Post Reply
Over a quarter of the Argentine population live in poverty conditions, with no formal job, poor quality education, dreadful housing and insufficient healthcare, according to the latest paper from the Buenos Aires Catholic University Social Debt Observatory. The paper, “Structural heterogeneous factors and standing social inequalities” also reveals that from 2004 to 2010 the social gap between life conditions for the middle class and the most vulnerable has increased considerably. The Social Debt Observatory considered one of the most prestigious and reliable in Argentina says that half of Argentine workers have a precarious job or ´indigence jobs´ (i.e. collecting cardboard

Alan Dershowitz: Glenn Greenwald
‘Never Met a Terrorist He Didn’t Like’
Mediate, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 12/26/2013 11:55:25 PM     Post Reply
Christmas is supposed to be a time of putting aside differences and brotherhood and such, but clearly no one told Alan Dershowitz, because during an appearance on CNN yesterday, he went after journalist Glenn Greenwald for his work on the NSA leaks and accused him of being an anti-American ideologue who would never badmouth terrorist regimes. Dershowitz popped up on-air right after Dana Bash spoke with Greenwald himself, and Dershowitz wasted no time in going after both Greenwald and Snowden. He insisted that Snowden had other options aside from just going public, in spite of the national security apparatus

Dershowitz Clashes With WaPo
Reporter over Snowden, Swipes at
Journalists ‘Acting on His Behalf’
Mediate, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 12/26/2013 11:37:44 PM     Post Reply
Alan Dershowitz has been on the attack this week regarding the reporting on the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, and he kept it up when both he and Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman appeared on Hardball Thursday night. Dershowitz did not go after Gellman in the same aggressive manner he’s gone after Glenn Greenwald, but he did take a not-so-veiled swipe when he said that journalists doing reports on the information Snowden gave them are “people acting on his behalf.” Dershowitz agreed with the recent federal court ruling that the NSA phone program is unconstitutional “as if relates to American citizens,”

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