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Karl Rove´s Crossroads Reloading
Against Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/27/2013 9:15:24 AM     Post Reply
Even though Karl Rove´s American Crossroads brand has been damaged after the group declared war against conservative candidates, the group will reportedly try to influence the 2014 midterm elections by bullying campaigns and creating groups that, on the surface, do not seem to be affiliated with them. According to the New York Times, Crossroads "appears to be testing" its "new approach" in Kentucky. The Conservative Victory Project, the group formed to take on conservative candidates, has stayed out of Kentucky´s Senate primary between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin. Instead, a group called "Kentuckians

The Republican National Committee´s
Stupid Kwanzaa Statement
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by Jerome Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 8:41:58 AM     Post Reply
The Republican National Committee released a statement Friday, commemorating Kwanzaa. There´s just one problem, the entire holiday is a fake and was invented out of thin air by a radical ex-con named Ron Karenga. Karenga invented Kwanzaa in 1966 and fashioned the phony holiday as a black alternative to Christmas. Karenga wanted a holiday that was less Eurocentric than Christmas which he considered the commercial exploitation of African Americans. There´s absolutely nothing authentic about the seven-day feast. Even the name "Kwanzaa," which is Swahili for "matunda yakwanza," has next to no historical connection

Welfare Queen Probed,
Krugman Hardest Hit
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 8:28:33 AM     Post Reply
I put off reading Josh Levin’s piece about Linda Taylor, the famous Chicago “welfare queen” of the ’70s, in part because I feared it would be so engrossing and revealing I’d be consumed with professional jealousy. I’ve now read it. It’s engrossing and revealing and I’m jealous. (Also, Slate‘s new format mysteriously makes reading a long article easier. You should go there immediately.) But Dave Weigel’s idea that Levin’s piece somehow “vaporizes” Ronald Reagan’s use of the Taylor case in his campaigns is silly.** Levin doesn’t vaporize Reagan’s story. He confirms Reagan’s story, as Powerline notes. Cadillac included. Here’s Levin: “Though Reagan



John Miller, CBS Correspondent, to
Join New York Police Dept. Again
New York Times, by Vivian Yee    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 8:26:24 AM     Post Reply
John Miller, a prominent CBS News correspondent who drew both praise and scrutiny for his ability to leverage his law-enforcement and national security contacts for big news stories, is leaving the network to work in counterterrorism for the New York Police Department, CBS announced on Thursday. After a career spent toggling between television and law enforcement, Mr. Miller will be rejoining an old friend and boss, William J. Bratton, the incoming police commissioner. Mr. Miller’s close relationship with government agencies has troubled some media watchers, who criticized Mr. Miller’s recent “60 Minutes” special report on the National Security Agency for

Iran Says It Is Developing
New Centrifuges
Associated Press, by Ali Akbar Salehi    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 8:24:14 AM     Post Reply
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran´s nuclear chief said the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with word powers. Under a landmark nuclear deal reached last month in Geneva, Iran promised not to bring new centrifuges into operation for six months, part of temporary limitations on its uranium enrichment program in return for the easing of some sanctions. But the deal does not stop it from developing centrifuges.

Snoop and John Kerry
meet, magic ensues
Washington Post, by Clinton Yates    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 8:11:54 AM     Post Reply
I have no idea who taped this video, but when it came across my timeline this evening, I was floored. Mind you, I don’t do a whole lot of writing about the White House, but this is Washington, so I will. To be clear, I have no idea what this party is about or for, and I don’t care. Let’s break this down. First off, note the vertical alignment of the video. This is always a no-no if it can be helped. In this case, it appears it can. Nobody watches videos on vertically aligned devices, so it just doesn’t make

Life on GLAAD´s Blacklist
American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/27/2013 7:33:43 AM     Post Reply
Readers will have to forgive me for sounding angry, but the recent news involving GLAAD has enraged me. (snip) In case you don´t know the full extent of GLAAD´s fascism, let me tell you what GLAAD did to me. I won´t hyperlink this, but if you go to GLAAD´s website and seek out their "commentator accountability project," you will find my name. This is GLAAD´s blacklist. Within hours of GLAAD´s publication of my addition to the list, which amounts to an excommunication from polite society, an e-mail was sent to the president of my university, along with dozens of other high



2013 oil boom is biggest
ever, data shows
Houston Chronicle, by Simone Sebastian    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2013 7:28:18 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — The United States’ average daily oil production is on track to surge by 1 million barrels per day this year, the biggest one-year jump in the nation’s history, according to federal data. The country has pumped an average of 7.5 million barrels of crude per day in 2013, up from 6.5 million barrels per day in 2012. That breaks last year’s record, when oil production jumped by 837,000 barrels per day between 2011 and 2012. Feds: US oil boom’s end in sight The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that oil production will jump by another 1 million barrels

The 10 Best Conservative
Columnists of 2013
PJ Media, by David Swindle    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/27/2013 7:12:33 AM     Post Reply
What is the future of conservatism? Which voices should define the priorities of the movement in the coming decades? Who are its most skilled proponents today? How should the movement evolve to face the threats most endangering America? This list is my effort to advocate for both my favorite writers contributing to answering these questions and the ideas they champion. 5 quick ground rules first: - I’m being strict with the “columnist” title – no bloggers, journalists, or feature writers. A “columnist” is one who writes a 700-1400+ word polemical article on a regular basis for an established publication or syndication. - I’m likewise

ObamaCare: Older Workers
Could Pay 25% Of Income
Investor´s Business Daily, by Jed Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 6:58:27 AM     Post Reply
Like a hiker who has overlooked several "Danger: cliff ahead" signs, the Obama administration stepped back suddenly last week, delaying the individual mandate for those with canceled policies. The reversal came in response to complaints from middle-class shoppers on the ObamaCare exchanges who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law´s subsidy cliff. For those earning more than 400% of the poverty level — about $62,000 for two-adult households — ObamaCare provides no premium subsidies. This is no minor issue. A primary rationale of ObamaCare´s insurance reforms limiting age-rating and precluding pricing based on health status has been

L.A.´s Over-the-Top
Parking Tickets Spark Revolt
L.A. Weekly, by Dennis Romero    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/27/2013 6:53:50 AM     Post Reply
If you´ve lived in a L.A. for even a short stretch of time you know there´s a hidden but brutal tax in this city. See also: Jay Beeber: Folk Hero Stops L.A.´s Red Light Cameras. It´s called the parking ticket. Opponents of the tax scheme say L.A. generates $300 million a year in parking revenue, $150 million of that from tickets. A new revolt called the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative cropped up late this year and promises to shake up City Hall in 2014 over the issue: As parking fines have jumped to $61 in six years and the city´s take has increased



Obama’s year of missteps
The Hill (Washington DC), by Niall Stanage & Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 6:49:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama might want to forget all about 2013. In his second inaugural address in January, the president laid out a confident, liberal vision. As the year ends, none of his objectives have come to pass, his approval ratings are at historic lows and his journey has hit serious potholes on issues from healthcare to national security. Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs summed it up when he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” this month that 2013 was “no doubt... the worst year of the presidency.” Obama cannot be held solely culpable for the lack of legislative progress. Republicans played

Official business behind him,
Obama looks to 2014
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 6:42:01 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU- The last vestiges of 2013´s political wrangling officially behind him, President Barack Obama is setting his sights on the coming year, when a number of unfinished tasks will increasingly compete for attention with the 2014 midterm elections. Vacationing in Hawaii, Obama on Thursday signed into law a bipartisan budget deal softening the blow from scheduled spending cuts and a military bill cracking down on sexual assault. The two bills, passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support, constituted a modest step away from gridlock, and both parties cautiously hoped that spirit of cooperation might linger after New Year´s Day.

Santa was bearing arms for Nikki Haley:
Gun-loving SC Governor proudly shows
the $575 Beretta she got for Christmas
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2013 6:39:32 AM     Post Reply
Santa was apparently right on target for Christmas for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The Republican posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Thursday a picture of the Beretta PX4 Storm she got as a present, saying she must have been good to have received such a nice present from Santa Claus. The gun costs $575 and, according to the Berretta website, is good for ´faster follow up shots´. A spokesman for the mother-of-two confirmed that the gift was from Haley´s husband, Michael, and that she ´cannot wait to get on the range and fire the pistol´.

Phil Robertson, Gramsci, and Tolerance
American Thinker, by Clarence Vindex    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 6:35:10 AM     Post Reply
After several days of hullaballoo regarding Phil Roberson´s comments, A&E´s resulting suspension, threats of the family to walk, indignation from the PC crowd, Conservatives rising in defense, point, counterpoint, and arguments about rights or lack thereof, one can see with some clarity what it means to embrace the progressive virtue of "tolerance." This Newspeak term has become a buzzword to suggest that we should all simply tolerate people, lifestyles, beliefs, actions, and the like that are different from our own, because from a value standpoint they´re basically all the same. In the ideal, this would mean that people from all



Hidden Obamacare taxes will appear on
health insurance bills starting in 2014
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2013 6:33:28 AM     Post Reply
New Obamacare taxes that were previously kept secret have been unveiled by outraged customers who feel betrayed. Residents in many states have yet to feel the change that will come when President Obama´s signature health care program which will go into full effect in January. But Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Alabama got a glimpse of the future when they received their latest bill which had a separate line spelling out how much extra they will have to pay as a result of national health insurance. [Snip] For this particular subscriber, who was left unidentified, the fees came to

Rutgers wants Obama as 2016
commencement speaker
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Jonathan Lai    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 6:31:52 AM     Post Reply
After Rutgers University´s president sent a letter to President Obama inviting him to deliver the 2016 commencement address, the school reached out to two prominent alumni - U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and Sen. Robert Menendez - to lobby further. Pallone and Menendez, both Democrats, graduated from the law school at Rutgers-Newark, Pallone in 1978 and Menendez in 1979. The two rallied the state´s congressional delegation, which Monday sent a letter to Obama encouraging him to accept the invitation. The letter was also signed by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and nine of the state´s 11 other representatives. Republican Reps. Chris Smith

Is this the end of the cinnamon roll?
Traditional Danish pastries under threat
after EU threatens ban on the spice
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2013 6:21:33 AM     Post Reply
Brussels has sparked outrage in Denmark by proposing to outlaw their traditional pastries. Christmas festivities have been dampened in Copenhagen by the prospect that this could be the last year its citizens will be able to eat their kanelsnegler or cinnamon rolls. The end to the beloved pastries comes from EU limits on the amount of coumarin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in the most commonly used type of cinnamon, cassia. [Snip] Hardy Christensen, the head of the Danish Baker´s Association, said: ´It´s the end of the cinnamon roll as we know it. ´Cinnamon rolls are of course a traditional Danish

The GOP´s History of
Sexist Hillary-Bashing
Daily Beast, by Sam Kleiner    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 6:20:42 AM     Post Reply
Desperate to stop a second Clinton presidency in 2016, it’s a sure bet many in the GOP will reprise the ugly attacks they used on her 22 years ago.While Hillary Clinton has made clear that she won’t decide whether she wants to pursue the presidency in 2016 until next year, Republicans have decided they already are going to make her a top target. Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman, has promised this month to go after the “rough stuff” about Clinton in an ad campaign that will be “very aggressive.” The Republicans are promising a shotgun approach; just shoot

UN accused of interfering over immigration
Telegraph [UK], by Georgia Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2013 6:07:50 AM     Post Reply
The UN is wasting tens of millions of pounds that it receives in British aid “interfering” in domestic immigration policy and should focus on issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis, senior MPs have said. The comments came after António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, criticised David Cameron’s proposed immigration laws limiting the right of new migrants to access bank accounts and some NHS services immediately. The commissioner said the reforms would create a “climate of ethnic profiling” and “prove detrimental to social cohesion”. But Andrew Mitchell, who as international development secretary from 2010-12 oversaw tens of millions


Who are the real haters in the
´Duck Dynasty´ controversy?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/27/2013 5:35:48 AM     Post Reply
There’s a fine line between love and hate, but even a finer one between genuine hatred, as seen in David Duke and Bull Connor, which really is toxic, and the kind ginned up to delegitimize arguments by making it seem toxic when it is at worst just controversial. It was Al Gore in 1999 who first played the Duck Card, telling a group of black ministers that conservatives who used the words ‘color blind’ were really like hunters in duck blinds, lulling black voters into states of non-vigilance to mow them down quickly once they took flight. The issue du jour

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

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

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