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Crashing and Burning in 2013
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:29:05 AM     Post Reply
Recent polls suggest Barack Obama has become a turn-off. Why? In part, all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldn’t annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years? But in Obama’s case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to “you can keep your plan, period.” One, Obama blames everything bad on everyone else, and takes credit for a few good things that he had nothing

It´s time for wind power
to stand or fall on its own
The Week, by Josiah Neeley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:25:47 AM     Post Reply
F ederal subsidies for wind energy are set to expire at the end of the year. Again. Since 1992, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) has offered generous federal subsidies to wind generators. Under the policy, wind generators are eligible for 2.3 cents in taxpayer subsidies for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of wind electricity generated. That´s nearly a third of the total retail price of electricity for industrial customers. Federal subsidies for wind are so lavish, that generators in places like west Texas (where wind is plentiful) have been known to bid electricity onto the grid at negative prices, just so it can collect

As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas,
Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible
New York Times, by Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:21:41 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU — President Obama celebrated a low-key Christmas in Hawaii this year. He sang carols, opened presents with his family, and visited a nearby military base to wish the troops “Mele Kalikimaka” — the Hawaiian phrase meaning “Merry Christmas.” But the one thing the president and his family did not do — something they have rarely done since he entered the White House — was attend Christmas church services. “He has not gone to church hardly at all, as president,” said Gary Scott Smith, the author of “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush,” adding that



Ted Cruz says he’s hired lawyers
to renounce Canadian citizenship
Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:19:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The junior senator from Texas is still a Canadian. But he’s working on it, eh? Born in Alberta 43 years ago last Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz was unaware of his dual nationality until The Dallas Morning News explored the issue in August. Since then, he said in a recent interview, “I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship.” He expects to complete the process in 2014. That time frame jibes with predictions from Canadian legal experts. He doesn’t dispute holding dual citizenship. “Not at this point,” he said. When Cruz was born, his

Kerry reportedly says he will
consider freeing Jonathan Pollard
as part of prisoner swap
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:08:26 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East in the first week of the new year amid a flurry of reports in the Israeli press that he has said he would consider freeing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Israel´s Channel 10 TV station first reported Friday that Kerry offered to free Pollard as part of an exchange for the release of a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails as peace talks resume between the two sides. The third of four groups is scheduled to be released Monday, the Jerusalem Post reported. Pollard, a former U.S. intelligence

2016 Campaign Checklist:
They´ve All Been So Busy
Associated Press, by Calvin Woodward    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 4:02:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is well underway. Not in name, so much, but rather in the deeds of more than a dozen people who might run. They´ve been busy plugging holes in resumes, getting known on TV, networking with activists and party luminaries, taking early steps to build campaign organizations and much more. Most are methodically ticking off items on what could be called the presidential prep checklist, and they´ve picked up that pace since The Associated Press last took a broad look at who´s doing what to advance their high ambitions. The main players: For the Democrats,

Trolley bus blast in Volgograd
kills at least 10 in terrorist attack
RT [Moscow, Russia], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2013 2:43:16 AM     Post Reply
A terrorist attack in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 10 passengers on a trolley bus. The explosion comes a day after a suicide bombing in the city which killed 17 people and injured scores of others. Health officials reported 10 fatalities in Monday morning’s blast and 28 injured, including 22 being treated in hospital, according to the latest update. The Investigative Committee gives the casualty numbers as 10 people killed and 19 injured. A one-year-old baby is among the injured and remains in a serious condition. The explosion was apparently set off by a suicide bomber, spokesman for the



ABC’s Jonathan Karl Literally
Can’t Believe What Ted Cruz is
Telling Him About Being Above Politics
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 2:03:15 AM     Post Reply
As part of This Week With George Stephanopoulos’ year-end review of 2013 “Game Changers,” ABC White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl sat down with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at Tortilla Coast, the now-infamous D.C. restaurant where Cruz held one of his meetings amidst the government shutdown, and was quite visibly taken aback when Cruz told him that he was trying to stay out of the political fray. “This is a city where it’s all politics, all the time,” Cruz said, “and I’m trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics.” “Really?” Karl asked, incredulous. “I know that’s

Help Wanted: Principled, Conservative Leaders
Town Hall, by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 12:35:28 AM     Post Reply
Polls show that three out of four Americans say the nation is on the wrong track. Disapproval ratings of our president are lodged above fifty percent. Clearly, whatever was generating the glow that got the most left-wing president in American history elected twice is starting to fade. Despite the considerable human experience from around the world that socialism does not work, and the considerable experience in our own country that human freedom and capitalism does work, many Americans bought the left-wing sweet talk and sugar-coated promises from Barack Obama that this time things would be different. As Obamacare socialism implodes, as every conservative

Hagel, Ryan defend retiree COLA caps,
except for disabled
Stars and Stripes, by Tom Philpott    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 12:05:03 AM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, appear to be in sync in defending the controversial cap that Congress has imposed on cost-of-living adjustments for “working age” military retirees starting in January 2016.{SNIP}Even as Murray moved to distance herself from the COLA cap provision in the deal she negotiated, Ryan defended it. He called current retirement benefits generous and said most retirees to be impacted by the COLA caps will be working in second careers anyway.

Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalists
arrested in Cairo
British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 11:36:52 PM     Post Reply
Egyptian police have arrested three journalists working for the Al-Jazeera broadcaster in the capital Cairo. They include the TV network´s Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and former BBC correspondent Peter Greste. The Interior Ministry said the journalists had held illegal meetings with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The movement was declared a terrorist organisation last week. Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the army in July. The military-backed interim government launched a crackdown on the movement following Mr Morsi´s removal from power. Thousands of Brotherhood members, including its leadership, have been arrested and many put on trial.



Obama’s DOJ civil rights nominee
represented cop killer
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 11:13:28 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division led the group that represents convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Debo Adegbile, who awaits Senate confirmation to become assistant attorney general for civil rights in Eric Holder’s DOJ, would bring a radical record on racial issues to his new job, which is responsible for enforcing federal discrimination statues. Currently senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Adegbile worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), a civil rights law firm independent of the NAACP, from 2001 to May 2013. He served as director of litigation under

2013 Year in Review: Tea Party
Beats Washington
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/29/2013 10:57:58 PM     Post Reply
The past year has by far been the best for the Tea Party movement in its short history. In 2013, the five-year old conservative grassroots upsurge has grabbed Washington, D.C. by the collar, tearing the city colloquially known as “Boomtown” in a conservative direction for the first time in decades. As the Tea Party movement matures, it is getting more professional in its political activism. The way the Tea Party won 2013 is by entrenching itself in Washington warfare and fighting for conservative victories by connecting powerful grassroots activists directly with lawmakers in decision-making positions. What has happened is the

Obamacare woes propel
GOP to preferred status in
polls for 2014 elections
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2013 10:30:20 PM     Post Reply
With less than a year left until voters cast ballots, Republicans have staged a comeback and pulled slightly ahead in the midterm election races, according to a series of generic party preference polls in December. The 10 polls are divided on which party will come out on top in the November elections, but the averages show Republicans top Democrats by about 0.3 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics. Many of the surveys show declines in Democratic support. Although the difference is small, history suggests big headaches for President Obama’s party. “For Democrats now, this is pretty bad. Usually when

Benghazi: The New York
Times vs. the Truth
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 10:18:49 PM     Post Reply
They never give up at the New York Times. If at first they don’t succeed in twisting the truth to fit the Newspeak fit to print, it’s try, try again. Their latest exercise in mendacity is “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi,” an elaborate essay that substitutes a plethora of irrelevant details and animated graphics for historical truth. The long essay takes up an event which, in a rational world, would have led the to resignation of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the impeachment of President Barack Obama. I mean the terrorist attack on our consular facility at Benghazi,



Harold Simmons Dies at 82;
Backed Swift Boat Ads
New York Times, by Emma G. Fitzsimmons    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 10:11:51 PM     Post Reply
Harold Simmons, a billionaire who helped finance the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack ads against Senator John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and donated substantially to other conservative causes, died on Saturday in Dallas. He was 82. His death was confirmed by Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general, in a statement. Mr. Simmons, who started out in business with a single drugstore in Dallas, became a buyout investor and made his fortune by buying stakes in major companies. This year, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $10 billion.

Did the NY Times contradict
itself on their Benghazi piece?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/29/2013 9:15:41 PM     Post Reply
Ed already covered some of the serious problems with this weekend’s New York Times “deep analysis” of Benghazi, showing how much of their focus was on the crumbs rather than the meat of the situation. Erika went one further, discussing how members of Congress in the know have already been informed that the entire sordid affair was no accident. But just for a bit more comprehensive coverage, long time friend of Hot Air Kerry Picket has a piece at Breitbart noting how it now seems that the Paper of Record actually contradicted itself in attempting to provide cover for Hillary

Times Ignores Evidence of
Al Qaeda Link to Benghazi
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/29/2013 9:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Let’s start by giving David Kirkpatrick credit. Kirkpatrick, the Cairo bureau chief of the New York Times and author of this weekend’s much-discussed piece on Benghazi, provides many new on-the-ground, minute-by-minute details of the attacks and the weeks and months leading up to them. Some of the reporting is incredible. Kirkpatrick describes the vase in the living room of the home belonging to the mother of Abu Khattala, a main suspect in those attacks. He reports on how the fighting in the consulate paused when Abu Khattala entered the compound, a revealing fact. Citing security camera video footage, the author

´Completely false´: Sources
on ground in Benghazi
challenge NYT report
Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/29/2013 8:19:46 PM     Post Reply
Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press. But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks. “It was a

New York Times Wonders: Was
Chris Stevens Out of His
Depth in Benghazi?
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 7:54:48 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times´s extensive exposé on the September 11 Benghazi attacks turned up no ties to Al Qaeda. By highlighting obscure militiamen and ignoring the roles of White House officials, the piece continues an alarming trend of dismissiveness toward the Obama administration´s greatest foreign policy scandal. The Times´s David Kirkpatrick assembles a long-form argument in the paper this week that the White House could do little to stop the attack which he concludes was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim YouTube video in part aided by the work of non-Al Qaeda related militiamen. Kirkpatrick writes that, while the unease


ABC´s Robin Roberts Comes
Out As Gay
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 7:50:50 PM     Post Reply
ABC´s Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts came out as gay Sunday. She did so in a lengthy Facebook post commemorating the one year anniversary of her successfully surviving 100 days following her bone marrow transplant in 2012: I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health. I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. According to The Wrap, "Roberts’ sexuality

Rose Parade to Feature Same-Sex Wedding Float
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 12/29/2013 7:31:59 PM     Post Reply
The Pasadena Star news reports that a San Diego woman has called for the Rose Parade to be boycotted because it will feature a gay wedding atop a float. The float, sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), is titled, “Love is the Best Protection.” The parade will be watched by an estimated 68 million people around the world. San Diegan Karen Grube, who said her protest is not out of her religious convictions, and says she is opposed to having any wedding featured in the parade, has requested that corporate sponsors drop their funding of the parade if the

NSA´s elite hacking unit intercepted computers
ordered online and installed Spyware to
steal data from their toughest of targets
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail & Associated Press Staffs    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 6:47:40 PM     Post Reply
NSA spies have intercepted computer deliveries, exploited hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijacked Microsoft´s internal reporting system all in the name of stealing data from some of their toughest targets. These latest revelations to emerge about the undercover work of the National Security Agency focus on the work carried out by an elite team of hackers known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Citing internal NSA documents, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Sunday that TAO´s mission is ‘Getting the ungettable,’ and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered ‘some of the most significant intelligence our country has

100 years after World War I,
why I believe we stand again
at the crossroads of history
Daily Mail [UK], by John Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 6:41:54 PM     Post Reply
Imagine, for a moment, that you’ve been transported back a century to late December 1913, and you’re reading about the things that might happen in 1914, rather than in 2014. Then, not a single British newspaper carried the faintest suggestion that the worst war in human history was just months away. I know, because not long ago I trawled through the archives, researching a book about the way the 20th Century was reported. There were acres of print about the crisis in Ireland, strikes and the Suffragettes and plenty about fashion, sport, and society. But nothing about the possibility of

Ouch: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers
Fall Two Million Short of Goal
Townhall.com, by Sarah Jean Seman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/29/2013 5:28:27 PM     Post Reply
White House officials announced Sunday that Obamacare enrollment has reached more than 1.1 million, this falls more than 2 million sign-ups short of their 2013 goal.As reported by TIME: The federal health care marketplace saw only 27,000 people sign up in October and 137,000 in November. Though surpassing the million mark is a positive sign for President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform, the administration had hoped that more 3.3 million Americans would sign up for insurance through federal and state exchanges by year’s end. White House officials have yet to release data on the 14 states managing their own exchanges. Figures

Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going
Anywhere, More Likely to Win
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2013 5:06:40 PM     Post Reply
A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to "win in the end" in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials. "Tea Party forces will still win in the end," Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party "will triumph just by hanging on long enough" as Americans are getting fed up by "our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government." The article, "Why The Tea Party Isn´t Going Anywhere," was

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