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Irony of global warming
lost on ice-trapped scientists
Daily Telegraph (Australia), by Miranda Devine    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/31/2013 9:45:38 AM     Post Reply
HOW many global warming scientists does it take to get stuck in Antarctic ice? When I posed a question like this on Twitter the inmates went wild - led by Dr Craig Emerson. He missed the irony of an expedition trapped by record ice while trying to prove the east Antarctic ice sheet is melting. Instead, the BSc-deprived former Gillard minister tweeted: "What makes you so sure, despite strong scientific evidence, that there´s no human-induced global warming?" Verballing opponents like this is a classic trick of the Apocalypti. Let´s break it down for slow learners. Everyone agrees the climate always changes. Tick. Most people

Even from his vacation, Obama asks
fading fans for more money
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/31/2013 9:19:01 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama was supposed to be on vacation in Hawaii all this week. The White House media pool had him golfing again with old Choom Gang buddies, while his family as usual did something elsewhere. Somehow, through the electronic magic of OFA, Obama´s political arm, he also contacted millions of supporters in a year-end email. The tease was straight-faced praise for ObamaCare as the kind of "fundamental change" America badly needs. Obama declared his insurance scheme can´t be undone. Then, the vacationing Democrat asked working supporters back home to commit to him in 2014--and please donate at least $15.

2013: The Year of Shamelessness
National Review, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/31/2013 9:04:39 AM     Post Reply
All things considered, it was a year without shame. It was the year that Miley Cyrus French-kissed a sledgehammer in the music video for her song “Wrecking Ball,” and cavorted naked on said wrecking ball. The former Disney star popularized the act of twerking in a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that was so luridly infantile, it wasn’t outrageous so much as pathetic. Yet it worked. It gained her at least another 15 minutes of fame and probably more, to have people pay attention to other insipid things she might do, usually half-clothed. Cyrus made us yearn for the



Scientists tell us their favourite jokes:
Guardian (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: fleetusa- 12/31/2013 8:25:42 AM     Post Reply
Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes. Physics- Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are." "Where are we then?" "Do you see that mountain over there?" "Yes." "Well… THAT'S where we are."

Revealed, the U.S. hate preacher who
inspired murderer of Lee Rigby: Killer
tells how he became a Muslim after
watching Islamic hardliner´s sermons
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Greenwood    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2013 8:03:17 AM     Post Reply
One of the Woolwich killers decided to convert to Islam after being inspired by a hate preacher who advocates killing gays and beating women, he has revealed in a letter. Michael Adebowale, 22, said that lectures posted online by notorious firebrand cleric Sheikh Khalid Yasin taught him the ‘purpose of life’. In the note written from Belmarsh Prison, he said he made the decision to convert to Islam in 2009--around the same time that he was serving half of a 15-month sentence for supplying heroin. The letter, which uses his prisoner number A0882CY, is dated December 20--the day after he was convicted

And The Country Posing The
Greatest Threat to Peace as
2013 Ends is …
Cybercast News Service., by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 7:51:58 AM     Post Reply
The past year witnessed bloodshed in Syria and Iraq, turmoil in Egypt, anarchy in Central Africa, threats by a nuclear-armed North Korea and Chinese military posturing, but as 2013 ends a global poll finds that the country seen as representing the greatest threat to peace today is ... the United States. Not only did the U.S. top the list with an aggregate of 24 percent, but the runner-up threat country, Pakistan, was way behind at eight percent. China was third at six percent, followed by North Korea, Iran and Israel at five percent each. The survey of opinions across 65

Myths To Ditch In 2014
Los Angeles Times, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/31/2013 7:44:43 AM     Post Reply
The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement. But polarization is a bit different. It speaks not just to a lack of basic agreement about what kind of society we should live in, but a breakdown in understanding and respect among Americans. There´s a lot of them-vs.-us talk these days on the left and the



2013 was Barack Obama´s worst year
as president – his annus horribilis
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2013 7:41:12 AM     Post Reply
A suggested New Year´s resolution for Barack Obama: try harder. After all, 2013 was not a good year for the President. [Snip] The litany of failure began with his attempt to pass a modest gun control bill in the wake of the Newtown massacre. The vast majority of Americans were favourable (if probably uninterested), the media backed it and--in the aftermath of that bloody horror--it seemed inevitable. Yet the President couldn´t garner the votes. The problem wasn´t just the Republicans being mean or the NRA being surprisingly smart, it was that Obama´s 2012 victory had come at a price. He´d

Sarah Palin, ´Duck Dynasty´
Clan to Ring in New Year
on Fox News
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 7:31:17 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and some members of the Duck Dynasty family will be on Fox News for its New Year´s Eve programming Tuesday night. After A&E suspended patriarch Phil Robertson for comments to GQ magazine that were deemed to be "anti-gay," the network, which is owned by Disney, reinstated Robertson last Friday. Palin is the politician that many, including a prominent columnist for The Hill, said most resonates with Duck Dynasty nation. Palin was the first politician of note to vigorously defend Robertson immediately after he got suspended, saying that "free speech is an endangered species" and "those

Hit Piece Journalism
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 7:25:21 AM     Post Reply
Front-page editorials, disguised as news stories, have become such familiar features of the New York Times that it should have been no surprise to discover in the December 28th issue a front-page story about a professor of finance at the University of Houston who has been a paid consultant to financial enterprises. Since professors of all sorts have been paid consultants to organizations of all sorts, it is questionable why this was a story at all, much less one that covered an entire inside page, in addition to a central front-page opening, under the headline "Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap

GOP retaliation over filibuster
rule change could jam Senate in 2014
Washington Examiner (DC), by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 7:19:36 AM     Post Reply
Senate Republicans still smarting from a Democratic rules change that diminished their power to block President Obama´s appointees are vowing retribution against the majority when lawmakers return to work in January. The GOP in the final weeks of the 2013 session provided a glimpse into what that might mean in 2014. Unable to block most presidential nominees because of the Democratic rule change, Republicans are using their remaining authority to slow the Senate to a crawl, delaying action on routine matters that typically pass uncontested. Senate Democrats changed the rules to limit Republicans´ use of the filibuster to block most



Adam Lanza´s Computer Contained Files
On Mass Shootings, Pedophilia Advocacy
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/31/2013 7:09:44 AM     Post Reply
Among the thousands of documents Connecticut police released December 27 related to the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary, the contents and files of Adam Lanza´s computer include files on mass shootings, mass murders, pedophiles´ rights, and a man/boy love story. According to police reports contained within the documents, Lanza´s laptop computer contained "hundreds of bookmarks," a number of which were for "mass murder killing spree" and "mass murders." His desktop had a "document written showing the prerequisites for mass murder spreadsheet." Lanza´s desktop also had a "document written advocating pedophiles´ rights" and a "screenplay or script describing a relationship between a 10

The Four Freedoms: 75 Years
of Liberal Betrayal
American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 6:46:46 AM     Post Reply
In the second half of the 2000s liberals did a fine job of blaming Bush for everything that went wrong in the US. His "neo-con" supporters, they asserted, were just as bad. Now that President Obama and his signature legislation are a twin disaster the same opportunity beckons for conservatives. It´s not just Obama, it´s the whole liberal project that created this mess. So the road to 2016 involves discrediting Obama, but also the whole liberal ruling class. A good place to start would be FDR´s Four Freedoms, for when the campaign to elect the un-Obama kicks off in 2016

Benghazi Brawl: The pundits
take on the New York Times
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 6:24:04 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes reality comes in several shades of gray. That’s not ideally suited for cable news segments or blog posts, but it happens to be true. Reporting is a step-by-step process of peeling back the layers and trying to discern what is underneath. This is particularly true when the subject is as shrouded in secrecy as Benghazi. Sunday’s New York Times report by David Kirkpatrick has, inevitably, been sucked into the political and ideological maelstrom surrounding last year’s fatal attack in Libya. But he does not claim to have produced the definitive account of what happened. And agree with his findings or not, these

Hillary Clinton’s unlucky year
Washington Post, by Richard Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 6:19:58 AM     Post Reply
It is incumbent on me as a columnist to do one of those year-end things — the 10 best of this, the 10 worst of that or, as you will see, who had the worst year in politics. That distinction goes, with some reluctance on my part, to Hillary Rodham Clinton. As has sometimes happened in her life, events got away from her. A good politician, as Napoleon once said about military men, has to have luck — and this has not been a lucky year for Clinton. If she’s the next Democratic presidential candidate, she will have to follow a



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

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

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