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Gandhi´s note to Hitler suggesting peace,
a child´s advice for poorly President
Nixon to eat his greens and classic Steve
Martin humour for a fan: Some of the
greatest letters you will ever read
Daily Mail [UK], by Tim Thornhill    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/31/2013 6:05:50 AM     Post Reply
As Adolf Hitler pulled the world ever closer to conflict in 1939, Mohandas Gandhi wrote him a personal letter, urging him to pull back from the brink ´for the sake of humanity´. The German dictator never received the letter because it was intercepted by the British government - but it´s been published in a book called Letters Of Note, along with many other remarkable missives. Here we´ve selected some of the most memorable. Along with Gandhi´s letter they include a child´s dietary advice for President Nixon, a tongue-in-cheek reply to a fan from Steve Martin and a letter from the co-discoverer of

John Boehner Had the
Best Year in Washington
National Journal, by Tim Alberta    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/31/2013 5:55:56 AM     Post Reply
John Boehner spent 2013 methodically transforming himself from prey to predator, a Machiavellian makeover that belies the underrated political savvy of Washington´s favorite punching bag. Boehner rang in the new year amid swirling rumors that an angry faction of conservative malcontents were orchestrating a coup d´état aimed at ousting him from the speakership and replacing him with someone friendlier to the tea party movement. Fast-forward to December. Boehner not only endured the January uprising, but has earned the respect of those members who organized it. As a result, the conference is more unified than at any point in recent memory, and Boehner´s

Good Ol’ Boy, Inc.
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 5:46:32 AM     Post Reply
The hysteria over Duck Dynasty reminds us that cable TV is currently inundated with working-class, white-guy reality shows. Top-drawing, relatively low-cost realities showcase gold miners, oil drillers, hunters, locomotive drivers, off-the-grid backwoods eccentrics, fishermen, crabmen, truck drivers, ax men, moonshiners, or the new generation of Beverly Hillbillies. The list of the particular subspecies of the muscular classes is endless. These shows share a few common themes. They do not take place in an office, where most Americans work. They are not Kardashian psychodramas about plastic surgery gone bad, or a Gucci purse that underwhelmed the latte bunch in Brentwood. The men

  


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Free money might be the
best way to end poverty.
Washington Post, by Rutger Bregman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 5:43:51 AM     Post Reply
In May 2009, a small experiment involving 13 homeless men took off in London. Some of them had slept in the cold for more than 40 years. The presence of these street veterans was far from cheap. Police, legal services, health care: Each cost taxpayers thousands of pounds every year. That spring, a local charity decided to make the street veterans — sometimes called rough sleepers — the beneficiaries of an innovative social experiment. No more food stamps, food-kitchen dinners or sporadic shelter stays. The 13 would get a drastic bailout, financed by taxpayers. Each would receive 3,000 pounds (about

Obama deported only 0.2 percent
of 11.7 million illegals in 2013
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 5:38:02 AM     Post Reply
Fewer than 0.2 percent of the 11.7 million illegal aliens in the United States were deported in 2012 for violating immigration laws, according to data released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. “It is a drop in the bucket,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Caller. “Relative to the [agency] resources and tools they have been given to do this job, it is a record low,” said Vaughan. Government officials say they deported a total of 368,644 people. But almost two-thirds of those people, or 235,093, were caught at the border

First flight in 50 years from
Key West to Cuba takes off
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/31/2013 5:32:26 AM     Post Reply
KEY WEST, Fla. — The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years landed Monday in Havana, capping several years of efforts to reunite the two islands, though regular air service still appeared a distant prospect. US Customs and Border Protection gave the final approval for the flight Monday morning, and the nine-passenger aircraft departed 90 minutes later at 10 a.m., Key West International Airport director Peter Horton said. “This is just a test run,” Horton said. “Whether this is going to come and be a regular service I don’t believe has been determined yet.” Federal officials

Benghazi lies unravel as Obama,
Clinton & Rice still deceive America
Washington Times, by Allen B. West    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 5:27:42 AM     Post Reply
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.— The story of what happened that night when Americans were abandoned in Benghazi to die will not go away. Despite the appearance of Susan Rice on 60 Minutes two weeks ago, and a New York Times article yesterday reviving the fable that a video was to blame, disturbing questions remain. Why was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on 9-11? It should be standard practice that high value targets do not move around in hostile terrorist territory, which Benghazi was on that day. When the message came that the consulate was under attack, why were all

  


  

Shirking Its Duty
American Spectator, by Doug Bandow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 5:21:09 AM     Post Reply
A second marriage, it is said, is the triumph of hope over experience. So is a European Union debate over defense. It is Kabuki theater, an enthralling show without practical impact. The Europeans recently issued new promises to do more than free ride on the U.S. However, if they really want to make a difference, they must devote real resources to their militaries and to take real risks in deploying their forces — which no one expects. In late December European leaders assembled in Brussels for the latest European Council meeting. (Don’t worry if you’re confused: there’s also a commission and

GOP Eyes Senate Majority Despite
Tea Party Complications
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/31/2013 5:10:15 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party. Crowded primaries in states such as Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina, where tea partyers and social conservatives are fighting for the nomination and pushing candidates farther right, worry many Republicans, especially after they saw their legitimate shots at a Senate majority slip away in 2010 and 2012. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to capture control from Democrats, who effectively hold a 55-45 advantage now. But Democrats will

Democrats Turn to Minimum
Wage as 2014 Strategy
New York Times, by Jonathan Martin & Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/31/2013 5:07:24 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Democratic Party leaders, bruised by months of attacks on the new health care program, have found an issue they believe can lift their fortunes both locally and nationally in 2014: an increase in the minimum wage.The effort to take advantage of growing populism among voters in both parties is being coordinated by officials from the White House, labor unions and liberal advocacy groups. In a series of strategy meetings and conference calls among them in recent weeks, they have focused on two levels: an effort to raise the federal minimum wage, which will be pushed by President Obama and

China Says Over 3 Million Hectares
of Land Too Polluted to Farm
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/31/2013 5:02:35 AM     Post Reply
BEIJING — About 3.33 million hectares (8 million acres) of China´s farmland is too polluted to grow crops, a government official said on Monday, highlighting the risk facing agriculture after three decades of rapid industrial growth. China has been under pressure to improve its urban environment following a spate of pollution scares. But cleaning up rural regions could be an even bigger challenge as the government tries to reverse damage done by years of urban and industrial encroachment and ensure food supplies for a growing population. Wang Shiyuan, the vice-minister of land and resources, told a news briefing that China was determined

  


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The Principal Enemy
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 4:53:57 AM     Post Reply
Back in the seventies when I was a lefty and under the sway, like the new mayor of the city of New York, of various Central and South American marxists, we used to speak of “el enemigo principal,” the principal enemy. (Snip)The principal enemy for the right and the center-right is now Hillary Clinton, the vastly favored frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. She is so far in front, in fact, that her competitors are not even in hailing distance. Hillary is the one who can consolidate and solidify the “gains” of the Obama era in a way Obama

Lift the U.S. ban on oil exports
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 4:48:07 AM     Post Reply
Uncle Sam has a chance to make one of the good-news stories of 2013 even better next year. Thanks to the extraction technique known as fracking, the U.S. is producing much more oil than was expected just a few years ago. Modern industrial economies run on oil, so a boost in domestic supply helps business to grow, and lessens the nation´s dependence on the volatile Middle East. Trouble is, America´s oil policies haven´t kept up. Some key laws date to the oil embargo of 1973, when Middle East suppliers abruptly cut off America and Europe. Prices soared, and long lines formed

Russia Bombings Spark Olympic Concerns
Associated Press, by Eddie Pells    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 4:44:35 AM     Post Reply
The suicide bombings in Russia serve as a chilling reminder of what the Winter Olympics represent to terrorists: A high-profile target with more than 2,500 athletes, some of them world-famous, waving the flags of nearly 90 nations. So, while many Olympic leaders offered reassurance on the day after two bombings 400 miles from Sochi killed at least 31 people, some of those getting ready to compete in the Games spoke of a different reality. They know their security is never a sure thing. "I am concerned," said U.S. speedskater Jilleanne Rookard. "I´m scared their security may be involved. I don´t know if

Vegas´ New Year´s Eve About
Big Names, Big Bashes
Associated Press, by Hannah Drier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 4:41:24 AM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS -- Sin City is set to ring in 2014 with big-name concerts, celebrity-hosted parties and an eight-minute rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation´s largest. John Legend is performing at Haze nightclub at Aria, Ne-Yo is welcoming the new year at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace and Maroon 5 is playing at Mandalay Bay. Pop star Bruno Mars is christening the Cosmopolitan´s new Chelsea Ballroom. The show will be broadcast live on the casino´s 65-foot marquee to ice skaters at a rooftop rink and partyers on the Strip below. Other casinos are touting pricey nightclub bashes with $3,000 bottle service

  


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Why some Catholics think Obama is
master of deception
CNN, by Ashley McGuire    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/31/2013 3:31:52 AM     Post Reply
It was the 2013 Politifact "Lie of the Year," our president´s now infamous line: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Now all Americans are realizing what Catholics have known from the beginning: President Barack Obama is a master of deception. Lest people forget, passage of the Affordable Care Act happened in part because Obama struck a deal with a single Catholic holdout: Bart Stupak, D-Michigan. Stupak agreed to vote for the bill in exchange for an executive order protecting conscience rights and preserving the Hyde Amendment´s ban on the use of federal funds for abortion.

Walgreen offers month of
prescriptions to backlogged
Obamacare enrollees
Reuters, by Ernest Scheyder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 12:03:46 AM     Post Reply
Walgreen Co said on Monday it will provide a month´s supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to U.S. participants who have not yet received a plan identification number under President Barack Obama´s signature healthcare law. The offering comes as U.S. government officials struggle to roll out the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Myriad enrollment problems have dogged the site´s website, HealthCare.gov, since its October launch and many insurance companies have said they are not getting accurate enrollee information to be able to process required forms. Walgreen, the largest drug store chain in the United States, said

Obama Administration in
Pre-Edited Talking Points:
Al Qaeda Behind Benghazi Attack
Breitbart Big Peace, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 11:33:03 PM     Post Reply
The recent New York Times article attempting to downplay terrorist involvement in the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, directly contradicts evidence in the now infamous pre-edited talking points of then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. “Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault,” David D. Kirkpatrick wrote in the Times. “The attack was led, instead, by

TSA agent confiscates sock
monkey’s toy pistol
Human Events, by Susan Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 10:54:16 PM     Post Reply
“Rooster Monkburn” the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis. Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., said she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Wednesday. May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag. “His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on

On the Moon Landing, Nixon
Was Prepared For A Worst-Case Scenario
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 10:37:24 PM     Post Reply
From the Daily Mail, a fascinating historical document that I had never seen before: in July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon for the first time. In those days, America’s space program took real risks–remember Apollo 13–and it was by no means certain that Armstrong and Aldrin, having landed on the moon, would be able to return. So William Safire, one of Richard Nixon’s speechwriters, prepared a statement that Nixon would have delivered if something had gone awry. It is, I think, an extraordinary document: (Photo of document) “These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin,

  



Defense Expert Concludes the NY Times’
Benghazi Report ‘Backfired’ on the Paper
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:28:44 PM     Post Reply
Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel on Monday to discuss an investigative report on the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi by New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick. Both Kissel and Joscelyn agreed that, while Kirkpatrick’s reporting was extensive, the conclusions he reached were erroneous. Furthermore, if there was a political objective that the Times sought to achieve with this report, the effort has thoroughly “backfired.” Kirkpatrick’s central conclusion, after speaking with a number of sources in Libya suspected of participating in that deadly attack in 2012, was

Krauthammer: NY Times Benghazi Report
Undeniably About Protecting Dems, Hillary
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:23:47 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times is defending its Benghazi report from critics who said it was politically motivated, but Charles Krauthammer isn’t buying it and said there is no question it was a “political move” by the Times to help Democrats. Krauthammer said the sheer defensiveness the Times is taking in denying political bias in the report just proves that politics was a primary motivator. “The reason that the Times invested all the effort and time in this and put it on the front page is precisely a way to protect the Democrats, to deflect the issue, to protect Hillary, who was exposed

FAA says New York, five other
states chosen to host drone test sites
New York Daily News, by Joseph Straw    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 10:23:27 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — New York was among six states selected Monday to develop sites to test drones, a decision that likely will bring the unmanned aircraft to New York’s skies and badly needed jobs to upstate. The New York site will be at Griffiss International Airport, a former Air Force base in Rome. Aerospace firms and universities in New York and Massachusetts will be involved in the research. (Map) The Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of the test sites represents a big step toward the commercial use of drones by businesses, farmers and researchers. Congress members lobbied to bring the work to

NBC Top Doc Snyderman A Single-
Payer Fan, Made Kids Sign Up For
Obamacare As ´Patriotic Duty´
NewsBusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:18:25 PM     Post Reply
Let no one say that NBC/MSNBC are reluctant to criticize ObamaCare. A leading NBC light boldly did so today . . . from the left, of course. Appearing on Morning Joe, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC´s chief medical editor, declared that there should be "a single-payer system" of health care. That is the left´s preferred solution, but brings with it a host of problems, as the Heritage Foundation has detailed. For good measure, Snyderman said that she "made" her young-adult children sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty." View the video after the jump. Consider the implications of NBC/MSNBC choosing someone

FAA names 6 sites
for testing drones
USA Today, by Bart Jansen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:10:17 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Aviation Administration named six teams across the nation that will host the development and testing of drones to fly safely in the same skies as commercial airliners. The announcement represents a major milestone toward the goal of sharing the skies by the end of 2015, in what is projected to become an industry worth billions of dollars. But technical hurdles and privacy concerns remain in a regulatory program that´s already a year behind schedule. "The test-site news is a glimmer of hope, but there is still much standing in the way of catching up to other countries that

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